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’s 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’s 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’s caregiver:
· Vacation contact
· Emergency contact information of local friend
· Family veterinarian’s 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’s 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.