Tuesday, December 3, 2013

To Board or Not To Board: that is the question

There are many things to consider when you are boarding your pet. The best way to decide on a facility is to ask for a tour to see the facility and to meet the staff. Some things to consider:
What will your pet's day look like? Will your pet be in a kennel or crate or a larger suite?
Will there be interaction with other pets? How many pets? What is the staff to pet ratio in such situations?
How often and when will your pet be walked? Where?
What is the policy regarding health records and vaccination requirements?
What happens if your pet is sick or injured?
Can you provide your own food for your pet?
What about supplements?
Will they administer medications?
What is the policy on bringing bedding and toys from home?
Boarding facilities fill quickly during the holidays; remember to reserve early. Be sure to leave your contact numbers with your boarding facility. Also, providing local emergency numbers is a good idea as well. Boarding can be a stressful time for your pet,  proper planning can put you both at ease.

If boarding you pet is not possible for health or expense; a pet sitter may be an option. Pet sitters can come to your home to feed, walk, play with your pet in the comfort of your own home. They can also administer medications as well. Often clients choose this option if the re are multiple pets who are in need of care. Custom arrangements can be made with your pet sitter as needed, some will even sleep at your home and house sit as well.

At Holistic Pet Care we have a variety of options to lessen the stress of your pet while you are away. Call or stop by to learn about herbs, flower essences and essential oils that can help.

~Dr. Gerald Buchoff