There are a few different options for pet care if you are planning on going away such as hiring a pet sitter or using pet boarding services. There is also the chance that your pet may require veterinary care and consistent monitoring, in which case medical pet boarding is available. Today, our Statesboro vets discuss medical pet boarding, how it differs from others options and when you might need it.
What To Do With Your Pet When You Go Away
If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time, you must ensure that your pet is properly cared for. Pet care is divided into three categories: sitting, pet boarding, and medical pet boarding.
Hiring a Pet Sitter While You Are Gone
A pet sitter is best thought of as a kind of babysitter, but for your pet rather than a human child. Your pet sitter can be a professional you hire or a friend or family member. The level of service provided by a pet server can vary. A sitter's primary responsibility is to check on your pet on a regular basis, dispense food, take care of their bathroom breaks, and provide social playtime.
Pet Boarding For More Consistent Care
Pet boarding is a service that provides care for your pets. A kennel is another name for pet boarding. The quality of service has significantly improved in recent years. Some places are basic and will meet your pet's basic needs, while others are more like summer camp with a variety of activities to keep them entertained, and still others are more like spas for pets to be pampered to their hearts' content. Because service can vary, we recommend that pet owners inspect any facility before leaving their pet.
Medical Pet Boarding If Your Pet Requires Veterinary Care
Medical pet boarding is similar to normal pet boarding with an added perk. Your pet will be supervised by our expert veterinarians and nurses, who will administer medications and watch over them closely. Any required medications will be administered to your pet on the same schedule they are used to at home
When does my pet need medical boarding?
Medical pet boarding is highly recommended for pets with pre-existing conditions, extremely young pets, and senior pets.
Pets with special care needs or pre-existing medical conditions should be boarded in a medical facility. Especially if the medication involves needles, a pet sitter or typical boarding facility might not be trained in the correct medication administration technique. The staff at medical boarding facilities are trained professionals who can comprehend the medical history of your pet, administer medication, and adjust dosages if necessary. As a result of your pet's medical history and condition, they also know what symptoms to look out for.
Requirements for Medical Pet Boarding
A list of necessary vaccinations is required for the majority of regular pet boarding facilities. You can also find out if you're allowed to bring toys, bedding, or food for your pet. Most medical boarding facilities still require vaccinations, but you should double-check with them to find out what their vaccination policy is for animals being boarded for medical reasons.
While locations may allow toys and bedding from home for pets under normal boarding circumstances they may or may not allow it for the pet that is being medically boarded, for the reason of keeping the environment hygienic. Double-check the specifics of the policies on medical boarding at your chosen boarding facility.
You will be expected to bring any medication your pets in currently prescribed as well as your pet's food if it has been prescribed by a vet.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.