Preparing A Senior Pet For Boarding

It can be difficult to leave your senior pet when you are going out of town for work or a vacation, but there are a few things you can do to ensure your cat or dog stays safe and comfortable while also providing you with added peace of mind. Here are a few tips to follow when you prepare to board your older cat or dog

Bring Your Pet's Bed

Some boarding facilities offer beds for pets, but your senior cat or dog may feel more comfortable with the one you have at home. This is especially true if you use an orthopedic bed to help support your older pet's joints and bones. Wash the bed a day or two before you board your pet, but allow enough time for your cat or dog to sleep on it a few times. This will help to ensure it has the familiar scent of home. You can also bring along a favorite plush toy if that helps your pet to sleep better.

Ask About Veterinary Services

You want to make sure there is a contingency plan in place should your pet suddenly need the care of a veterinarian. Ask which local vet provides care for the pets at the boarding facility, and find out what the process is for getting medical care right away. The boarding facility should also have all available contact numbers for you so the staff can contact you right away in the event of an emergency.

Bring Extra Prescription Medication

If your cat or dog takes daily medications, you'll want to be sure to pack at least a few days' worth of extra medication. This way, your pet will have the appropriate medication even if your flight gets canceled or your return trip is otherwise delayed.

Inquire About Social Interaction

Find out what the pet boarding facility's policies are on social interaction, both with other animals and with humans. Your older pet may crave human companionship throughout the day to stay calm, so discuss how often the staff can spend time with your cat or dog. Some older pets may not be able to keep up with younger animals during playtime outdoors. If your cat or dog doesn't do well with other pets at this stage of life, ensure that there will be the opportunity for outdoor play without having to interact with other, younger cats and dogs.

It's a good idea to take a tour of the pet boarding facility in advance. You can also write out a list of your pet's personal preferences or unique personality traits to help the staff provide the right level of care and attention. Take your pet to the veterinarian before boarding to make sure your furry friend is healthy enough to spend time away from home.

Contact your local veterinary services for more information and assistance.