Understand the needs of your pets
TIP #1: Choose the boarding facility wisely!
¬∑ Ask your veterinarian or a friend for recommendations of local facilities.
¬∑ Look for online reviews.
¬∑ Ask facility if they require full proof of vaccination from all animals prior to boarding.
¬∑ Ask if all animals are required to be on flea and tick preventives.
¬∑ Ask what steps are taken in the event of an emergency.
¬∑ Ask for a tour of the facility.
TIP #2: Contact your veterinarian‚Äôs office to make an appointment for your pet at least three weeks before your pet will be boarded.
¬∑ Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations.
¬∑ Make certain that heartworm, intestinal worming and flea treatments are current.
¬∑ Request a copy of your pet‚Äôs health records.
¬∑ Microchip your pet or make sure microchip information is up-to-date.
TIP #3: Before your vacation begins, compile the following to leave with your pet‚Äôs caregiver:
¬∑ Vacation contact
¬∑ Emergency contact information of local friend
¬∑ Family veterinarian‚Äôs name, address and telephone number
¬∑ Prescription information with a written explanation of dosage requirements and administration times
¬∑ Prepared food for meals in easy-to-give packages
¬∑ Pet‚Äôs favorite toys and bedding are readily available
TIP #4: Consider the alternatives (if pet is elderly, afraid of strangers or nervous in different environments).
¬∑ Arrange for a friend or relative to pet sit.
¬∑ Ask your veterinarian about products available to calm your pet during stressful situations.
¬∑ If hiring a pet sitter, be sure to interview them and check their references.
¬∑ Also make sure that both your pet and the sitter are compatible.