Friday, 13 November 2015 12:06
FAQs about finding the right boarding facility for your pet
Are you going out of town? Do you need to leave your furry friend behind? One of the biggest sources of anxiety for pet owners is the guilt they feel for leaving their pet behind. Finding a boarding facility that provides quality care for your pet while you are out of town can give you peace of mind.
Your pet depends on you to take good care of them, even when you are out of town. Relatives, friends or neighbors may seem like great choices since they are familiar with your pet and your house, but they may not have the time or experience to properly look after your pet, especially on long trips. Your pet’s best choice for quality care may come from a pet professional at a boarding facility or a professional pet sitter.
Boarding your pet in our facility allows your pet to:
- Avoid the stress of a long car or airplane ride to your destination
- Stay where they are welcome, unlike hotels and relative’s houses
- Receive more attention than if they were home alone all day
- Be monitored by a staff trained in pet care and behavior
- Be under the supervision of a veterinarian if any medical need arises
- Be secure in a kennel designed to prevent escape
What to look for in a kennel:
Be sure to plan time to visit the kennel prior to dropping your pet off for their stay. Ask for a tour and make sure that the area where your pet will be staying meets these requirements:
- The kennel should look and smell clean
- The area should be climate controlled and maintain a comfortable temperature
- There should be plenty of ventilation and light in the facility
- The staff should be knowledable and caring and not rushed and stressed
- Each pet should have enough space to move around and be comfortable in their area
- Is the facility loud since all dogs are kept in on area?
- Cats should be separated from dogs to keep their stress down
- All pets should be required to be current on their core vaccinations
- What steps do they take if a pet gets ill, are there veterinary services available?
- How many times a day is your pet walked and fed?
- What are they fed and can I bring my own food and/or bedding and toys?
- Will your pet be walked separately or are they in a group?
- How often can I check up on my pet? Can I see pictures while I am away?
Each kennel sets their schedule and rates differently. Some kennels require a bath after a certain numbers of days at the owner’s expense. Other facilities charge by the day and require a pet be picked up by a certain time before getting charged for the day. There may be extra charges to medicate your pet, feed them their own food, or take them for extra walks. Be sure to go over everything your pet will need ahead of time to avoid unexpected charges at pick up.
Once you have found a place that meets you and your pet’s needs, give them a good contact number and a local back up just in case. If you are not boarding at a veterinary facility and your pet is on medications, leave your veterinarian's information in case they have any questions. Bring your pet in and introduce them to a staff member and say good-bye. Avoid long, emotional partings, which may upset your pet. Finally, have a good trip, knowing that you took the time to find the right place for your furry friends and they are in good hands.
Call us at (770) 475-2003 to make your holiday boarding reservation and know that your furry friends will be in the well trained hands of the staff here at Midway Animal Hospital.
Senior Wellness Pet Care
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others.
Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.
Wellness Blood Test Screening
The health and well-being of your four-legged family member are our priorities. Our pets cannot tell us what they need or how they feel. That is why preventive care is so important; it helps us stop problems before they happen. A vital service to safeguard your pet’s health is our Wellness Blood Test Screening. These tests permit us to assess each pet’s internal health. Studies show 10% of adult pets and over 20% of senior pets (7 years and older) have abnormal results revealed only through these wellness screens.
New Digital Radiography Services
Midway Animal Hospital is very happy to announce that we now offer Digital Radiography Services. This state-of-the-art system replaces traditional Xray Film and greatly improves the quality of our imaging services.
Understanding your pet’s blood work
Blood tests help us determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of medical treatments. A checkmark in any box indicates a significant abnormal finding on your pet’s blood work. If you have questions, ask any staff member. We want you to understand our recommendations and be a partner in your pet’s care.