In our last blog, we talked about traveling with your pet during the summer and what things you would need to consider before hitting the road. At Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we always want what’s best for your animal, and if you’re going to be leaving your pet at home, then there are a few things to make sure are in place before you go on vacation.
1. Update Medications
One of the first things you should do before leaving your pet at home for an extended period of time is to make sure their medications are updated. If they take pills every day for a certain condition, then check with your vet to make sure the prescription is filled and that there is a full supply on hand. This goes for pills, medicines, and anything else your pet needs to stay healthy. You’ll also want to leave instructions for whoever is taking care of your pet on how to administer the medication.
2. Find a Pet Sitter
Since you may need someone to give your pet their medications, it can be a good idea to find a pet sitter to care for your animal while you’re away. Not only can this person make sure your pet stays healthy, but a pet sitter can also take your furry friend on walks or play with them in the house. Your pet is used to human interaction, and if you’re going to be gone for a few days, it can be good for your pet to see someone they know and with whom they’re comfortable. On that note, if your prospective pet sitter hasn’t met your animal before, then make a point to have them come over and get acquainted with your pet before you leave. This can help both the sitter and the animal feel more comfortable with the situation.
3. Enough Food and Water
Supplying water for your pet is easy enough, and you may even have an automatic waterer that provides fresh, clean drinking water on a daily basis. Since it’s summertime, fresh water is even more important, especially if you have a dog that goes outside throughout the day to sunbathe. As for food, make sure that you’ve purchased enough to last the duration of your absence. (You can also check to see if your pet’s food has been recalled before you go out any buy more). If you’re hiring a pet sitter, then let them know how much food your animal needs on a daily basis. You’ll also want to instruct the sitter on whether or not your pet is a “grazer,” or if they’ll eat all of their food in their bowl as quickly as possible.
At Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we know that you love your pets and that you want the very best for them, even when you have to leave them at home for a few days during the summer. If your animal needs a check-up before you go on vacation, or you need to update their medications, then please schedule an appointment with us today. As your local veterinarian, we’ll do everything we can to make sure you pet has a happy and healthy life.