So, you're going away...whether it's a weekend, a week, or a month there are times when your pet just can't come along for the trip. To make sure they are safe while you travel here's what you can do...
Find somewhere safe for them to stay
While your away you will feel much better knowing that your precious pooch is being cared for properly. Whether its a boarding kennel, a friend or family memeber, or an in home service caring for your dog make sure they are reputable, have experience and great references. If your not sure where to go ask your Veterinarian for a recommendation.
Leave phone numbers
In the unfortunate event that you pet may require medical care, while you are away, make sure to leave lots of phone numbers for their caregiver.
Include numbers for where you can be reached, your veterinarian, the local after hours emergency clinic as well as and friends or family who can act as an emergency contact.
Also, in case they get out or away leave numbers for your local animal control shelter.
Give your vet a heads up
It's a great idea to call your vet before you leave and leave them instructions on what you would like done should your pet need treatment. You may want to preauthorize the use and limit you would like to spend on your credit card as well as a direct contact number you can be reached at. You should also let them know who you are leaving in charge of your pet's care.
Contact your local animal control service
Before leaving for your trip make sure to contact your local animal control service and make sure your pet license is up to date. You may also want to leave the contact number of the person caring for your pet while away. If they go missing your caregiver can easily be alerted to their whereabouts. If your pet has a microchip it is wise to notify them as well.
Leave a note and detailed instructions
Before you leave put everything in writing and sign it. In the event of an emergency your pet's caregiver will be happy to have the info in one spot for easy access.
Details should include : feeding and medication instructions, veterinary clinic details (name,phone number address), animal control shelter info, your pet's license or microchip number, microchip company info, and your contact info while away.