5 Ways to Ensure Their Staycation is as Good as Your Vacation
Often, circumstances may not allow us to travel with our beloved pets. While this can certainly be disheartening, making sure a few bases are covered with regard to your pet’s care while you are away, can minimize the stress for both parties involved.
Do your research. Visit the location beforehand if at all possible. Assess for cleanliness, accessibility, and exercise accommodations (i.e. outdoor runs, or enclosed areas for high energy dogs).
Meet the staff and have them meet your pet. Knowing that your pet is comfortable with those who will be caring for him/her and vice versa will certainly help to put your mind at ease.
Leave detailed and clear instructions regarding feeding, medications (if applicable), any toys/bedding left with your pet overnight (when they are unsupervised), your expectations regarding phone calls/emails and current emergency contact numbers/emails should you need to be reached for any reason.
Ensure that the staff is aware of any and all precautions that should be taken with your pet to prevent injury to either party. Communicate clearly if your pet should be allowed to run with other animals or has an aversion to those of a specific gender.
Ensure that you are clear about the staffing schedule for the facility chosen. Many facilities have only video surveillance overnight and reduced hours on the weekends.
Enjoy your vacation with peace of mind knowing that your pet will be well cared for while you are away.
This article was written by Eushauna Clarke, Registered Veterinary Technician, of Fifth Avenue Veterinary Clinic. We provide team-based vet care for pets and their families from our animal hospital in Orangeville, Ontario. POSTED: 2017-02-15