Caring for pets whose owners are on holidays
SOMETIMES when we are away it isn’t possible to take our pets with us.
Boarding kennels or willing family are often left in charge of a dog or cat when the owners are on holiday.
Unfortunately sometimes things go wrong when a pet’s owner is away and pre-meditated plan for these eventualities is very useful.
Minor problems can generally be easily dealt with the carer standing in as a representative of the owner, but more major illnesses or accidents can make decision making difficult for the carer and the vet involved with the case.
Many of our clients let us know when they are away what their desire is for treatment types and costs that they are happy to proceed with.
This is very useful especially in situations of life and death or where a large amount of money is concerned.
Modern communications have made contacting holidaying owners simpler, but timezone differences and the cost of mobile phone use overseas contribute to difficulties in getting an owner’s OK to proceed with treatment.
For the vet responsible for treating an animal where the owner cannot be contacted there is a difficult balancing act between doing too little or too much with every owner returning home reacting differently to the decisions made.
When leaving a pet with friends, family or at a boarding kennel it is a great idea to let the carers know of your preferred veterinary hospital and to give them some guidance as to treatment costs you are happy to go ahead with.
This becomes especially important with pets that are nearing the end of their lives where a decision regarding treatment or euthanasia is a very personal one for many owners.
Talking with your vet before heading away and letting them know what your thoughts are on matters like this can make things much easier for the carer and vet looking after your loved pet.