Pet owners rarely stop to think about what would happen if they needed to board their pet in an emergency. Unfortunately, it happens more often than most people would like. Some reasons for emergency pet boarding are positive, like a last-minute vacation or a fun work trip.
But many times, emergency pet boarding happens for less happy reasons, like surprise visits to the emergency room or a fire. Make sure you bring these five things when boarding your pet last minute.
Your Pet’s Medical History
The most important thing that a pet boarder will need is your cat or dog’s medical history. This includes all the information about their vaccines, allergies, and medications. If your pet is on special medications, make sure to bring it with you.
Plenty of Food
Bringing food from home will help your pet’s daily routine change a little bit less while they’re staying with a boarding service. Make sure to bring instructions for the boarder telling them how much food to give and how often. If you use a certain scoop, you might consider adding it to your pet’s go-bag.
Don’t forget to throw in some of your cat or dog’s favorite treats. They deserve a little reward for putting up with the sudden changes.
A Leash or Harness
If you own a dog, you’ll need to bring their leash and harness (if they typically wear one,) or a spare copy of the same kind that you normally use. Most boarders are unaccustomed to letting cats out for walks, but you can certainly ask about it if you bring your cat’s harness.
Special Object From Home
Animals have much stronger senses of smell than we do, so they’ll naturally miss the smells of home more than a person would. It helps if you bring along something with your smell on it, or at least something that would smell like home. Blankets, favorite soft toys, beds, and other smell-soakers are all great choices.
List of Emergency Contacts
The last thing you should always bring when boarding your pet last minute is a list of numbers they can call in case your pet has an emergency. You should include your numbers, the number of where you’ll be staying, and your vet’s number.
If you’re looking for emergency pet boarding in or near Palmdale, CA, call Animal Medical Center of the Antelope Valley right away. We’ll make sure your pet is safe and comfortable during their stay.
I appreciate that you explained how we need to tell the pet boarding professionals what instructions to follow when feeding our dog. My pet is actually a picky eater, and it will only consume its food when it has been warmed. I will make sure to mention that when I have to leave my dog at a facility like that here in High Point, North Carolina in March, because I have appointments in another state that will take three days to complete.
2/1/2023 10:45:55 pm
It really helped when you said that we should also mention the medical history of our pets as well as give them the medications needed. I will follow your advice when I find a pet boarding facility here in Rockwall, Texas this weekend. My dog has to be left behind this weekend because the appointment I have is in another state, and I should definitely make sure that it takes its vitamins every day for my peace of mind.
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Antelope Valley Medical Center Team