This post is an excerpt from Travelex Insurance Services’ ebook “The Stay Safe, Stay Sane Guide to International Travel”.
You can’t really plan for what might happen to your pet while you are away, but there are several things you can do to keep them safe and prevent a meltdown while you are gone.
Acclimate the animal to the location…
– Having a neighbor pop in every day or two is normally the easiest way to care for your pets while you are gone.
– Make plans several weeks before you leave if your cat or dog needs to stay elsewhere.
– Some kennels have days when you can visit to help your pet to get used to the facilities.
– Pets with medical needs should stay at a veterinarian clinic that has boarding options.
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date if leaving them at a kennel. To place your dog in a kennel, you typically have to show proof of the Bordetella Bronchiseptica, Rabies, Distemper and Parvovirus vaccines.
For cats, kennels typically require the Rabies, Feline Distemper and Feline Leukemia vaccines. Kennels vary on requirements, so be sure to contact yours before your trip.
For dogs that require medication, prepare simple and detailed directions on paper for the dog sitter. Make sure the kennel assistants or your friend who is taking care of the dog is comfortable with the method of medication, from giving the dog a shot to helping it eat a pill.
Include spending guidelines if something goes awry. Compile a document listing the contact information for your veterinarian, emergency information for you, and your pet’s vaccination and medical records. In addition, put in writing how much money you are willing to spend on emergency health issues for your pet while you are gone.
Decide when your pet’s caretaker should call you. Define parameters when your pet’s caretaker should call you. If it’s something you won’t halt your trip for, is it useful for you to know? For example, if your pet is sick, or she starts losing hair and acting out because of stress? Work out the scenarios ahead of time, just in case.