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What is medical pet boarding?

There are a few different options for pet care if you are planning on going away such as hiring a pet sitter or using pet boarding services. There is also the chance that your pet may require veterinary care and consistent monitoring, in which case medical pet boarding is available. Today, our Murfreesboro vets discuss medical pet boarding for dogs and cats, how it differs from others options and when you might need it.

What To Do With Your Pet When You Go Away

If you will be away from home for an extended period of time, you must ensure that your pet is well cared for. Pet care is categorized into three types: sitting, pet boarding, and medical pet boarding. 

Hiring a Pet Sitter While You Are Gone

A pet sitter is best thought of as a kind of babysitter, but for your pet rather than a human child. Your pet sitter can be a professional you hire or a friend or family member. The level of service provided by a pet server can vary. A sitter's primary responsibility is to check on your pet on a regular basis, dispense food, take care of their bathroom breaks, and provide social playtime.

Pet Boarding For More Consistent Care

Pet boarding is a service that takes care of your pets. Kennel is another term for pet boarding. The quality of service has significantly improved in recent years. Some places are simple and will meet your pet's basic needs, while others are more like summer camps with a variety of activities to keep them entertained, and still others are spas where pets can be pampered to their hearts' content. Because service varies, we advise pet owners to inspect any facility before leaving their pet.

Medical Pet Boarding If Your Pet Requires Veterinary Care

Medical pet boarding in Murfreesboro 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 does my pet need medical boarding?

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

Pets that require special care or have pre-existing medical conditions should be boarded at a medical facility. A pet sitter or typical boarding facility may not be trained in the proper medication administration technique, especially if the medication requires the use of needles. Staff at medical boarding facilities are trained professionals who can understand your pet's medical history, administer medication, and adjust dosages as needed. Because of your pet's medical history and condition, they also understand what symptoms to look for.

Requirements for Medical Pet Boarding

Most regular pet boarding facilities require a list of necessary vaccinations. You can also learn whether you are permitted to bring toys, bedding, or food for your pet. Most medical boarding facilities still require vaccinations, but you should double-check with them to determine their vaccination policy for animals being boarded for medical reasons.

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.

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.

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