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What is medical pet boarding?

If you need to head away from home for a while when you have pets, it will involve some careful planning. This is especially true if your companion has medical needs. Today, our Bedford vets talk about caring for your pet while you are away from home and how medical pet boarding can help if your cat or dog has a condition or is recovering.

Caring for Your Pet While You Are Away

If you are planning on spending some time away from home then you will need to ensure that your pet is adequately cared for. There are 3 standard categories of pet care: sitting, pet boarding, and medical pet boarding.

Hiring a Pet Sitter for Your Cat or Dog

The best way to think of a pet sitter is to think of them as a sort of babysitter but for your pet instead of a human child. Your pet sitter can be a professional that you hire or a friend or family member. The level of service from a pet server can vary. The primary role of a sitter is to check on your pet periodically and dispense food, take care of their bathroom breaks, and provide social playtime.

Pet Boarding for Comprehensive Care

Pet boarding is a service where you take your pets to be taken care of. You may be more familiar with the other pet boarding name, a kennel. In recent years the level of service available has increased significantly. Some places are bare bones and will take care of the essential needs of your pet, while others are more like going to summer camp with a range of activities to keep them occupied, and others are more like spas for pets to be pampered to their heart's content. Since service can vary we recommend that pet owners check out any facility to make sure it is where they would like to leave their pet.

What is medical pet boarding for cats and dogs?

Medical pet boarding is similar to normal pet boarding with an added perk. Your pet will be supervised by our expert veterinarians and nurses, who will administer medications and watch over them closely. Any required medications will be administered to your pet on the same schedule they are used to at home

When would medical pet boarding be needed?

Medical pet boarding is highly recommended for pets with pre-existing conditions, extremely young pets, and senior pets.

Medical boarding is for pets that may need extra care or have existing medical conditions. A pet sitter or standard boarding facility may not be trained in the proper way to administer medications, especially if it involves needles. This is a major advantage of medical boarding; the staff is trained professionals who can understand your pet's medical history give medication and adjust doses if there are issues. They also know what symptoms to watch for based on your pet's medical condition/history.

What are the typical requirements for medical pet boarding?

Most regular pet boarding requires that the pet being boarded is vaccinated with a list of required vaccines. They will also state whether or not you are allowed to bring toys, bedding, or food for your pet. With most medical boarding the rule still holds for the vaccination requirement but double-check with them to see what their policy for vaccination is for pets being medically boarded.

While locations may allow toys and bedding from home for pets under normal boarding circumstances they may or may not allow it for the pet that is being medically boarded, for the reason of keeping the environment hygienic. Double-check the specifics of the policies on medical boarding at your chosen boarding facility.

You will be expected to bring any medication your pets in currently prescribed as well as your pet's food if it has been prescribed by a vet.

Medical Pet Boarding for Dogs & Cats in Bedford

We understand how stressful it can be to leave your pet when you go out of town – especially if they are sick, or as they are recovering from a surgery or procedure.

At Fine Animal Hospital, we want to help put your mind at ease. We offer medical boarding services for pets with conditions that standard boarding centers may not be equipped to accommodate.

Our expert veterinarians and staff will supervise your pet, administer medications, and watch them closely. Any medications your pet may need will be administered on the same schedule they are used to at home.

Don't hesitate to reach out to our team if you would like to learn more about this service.

      Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.

      Is your pet in need of consistent veterinary care while you are away? Contact our vets in Bedford to see if our medical boarding facilities are right for you and your pet.

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