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Making Plans For Holiday Boarding

holiday boardingThe holiday season is fast approaching. Making plans for your family pet is important when you are thinking about holiday traveling. Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what to do with your pet. Here are a few things to consider for holiday boarding.

Make a Reservation

As you are making plans to leave for the holidays, you can also make a reservation for your pet to be boarded. Pets need to have certain vaccinations before they can stay in most facilities. Be sure and ask questions before you pick where your pet will stay. Questions about what vaccinations are required and what procedures they follow in an emergency are important to know ahead of time.

Make Sure Your Pet is Up To Date On Vaccinations

Pets that come in for boarding must have certain vaccinations. Bordetella is one. This vaccination should be done early unless you are boarding at the same facility. Bordetella vaccinations have a side effect that mimics regular Bordetella. A coughing pet may be considered contagious and turned away from your place of boarding.

What To Bring With Your Pet

Besides your pet, you may want to or be required to bring his food. Pets can be sensitive to food changes and having their own food will prevent these digestive complications. Make sure you also bring medications in their original container. Tell the staff if your pet has special needs, is allergic to anything or requires medication. Don’t forget to leave contact information so that they can contact you if there is a problem. If your pet has a security toy or blanket make sure it is clean when you bring it.

Preparing Your Pet For Holiday Boarding

When possible, bring your pet to the boarding facility beforehand so that they can become familiar with the area. This can help them avoid some of the stress when they actually board. You can prepare your pet for holiday boarding by making sure they are current on their medications and vaccinations and that they are healthy. If your pet is elderly or often sick, you may want to obtain a veterinary exam 30 days before you plan on leaving your pet to make sure they are healthy and everything is in order.

If you need vaccinations, a physical exam or you need a place to board call Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic. They will be happy to help you or answer any questions you have.