With Spring Break quickly approaching and Summer Vacation not too far behind, I wanted to discuss a few tips regarding boarding. We all know that as we book reservations for ourselves for long vacations or even a weekend getaway it is also necessary to book a reservation for our pets. Morris Veterinary Clinic also includes boarding accommodations for our patients. Our boarding facility can accommodate approximately 34 dogs and 13 cats. The cat boarding ward is separate from the dog boarding facility, making for a less stressful stay for our feline friends. All animals that stay at our facility are required to be up to date on vaccinations. For dogs this includes the rabies, distemper/parvo combination, and kennel cough vaccinations. Cats are required to be up to date on the feline upper respiratory combination vaccine and also rabies. All animals are tested and confirmed to be free from intestinal parasites and a yearly heartworm test and monthly prevention is required for our boarding dogs. A large number of the animals that we board require daily medications and have more intense medical needs. There are a number of excellent boarding facilities in the area and it is important to find the facility that best fits the needs of your pet. We encourage people to tour the boarding facility prior to leaving your pet.
It is important that whatever arrangements that you make for your animals that their needs can be properly met. Another good alternative to a boarding facility is having a friend watch your pets to keep them in their own environment. In this case, it is essential to include important contact information and what to do in case of an emergency. A list of important phone numbers is a must. It is also important to provide how much and what type of food your animal eats. A list of appropriate treats is also helpful. Some animals, especially cats, get fearful when new people are in their environment and may hide. Knowing where the animal likes to hide and letting the individual caring for your pet know some normal behaviors to expect helps to ensure a less stressful situation for all involved. Central Ohio has had a long winter this year, and it is fun to think and plan for the warmer months to come. Leaving pets behind is not the best option for all families and some choose to vacation with their animals. There are great resources available to help plan for your pets and dog friendly hotels are becoming more common. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions regarding boarding or any other needs for your pets.