Car­ing for pets whose own­ers are on hol­i­days

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News - By TIM CRAIG BVSC, Warby St Vet Hos­pi­tal

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.

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