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Posted on 03-16-2016
December 2, 2015
With the holidays around, many of you will be boarding your pets. Here are some tips to keep them happy and safe during the boarding season!
1) Vaccines: With many dogs going in and out of the boarding facilities, is I very important to stay up to date on your vaccines. It is also important to note that ideally the vaccines are updated at least 48 hours prior to boarding. Having them done before entering the facility gives them time to “kick in” and protect your pet from these very infectious diseases. At Chatham Animal Hospital we have recently started carrying a “3 way” respiratory vaccine that offers a larger spectrum of protection against common respiratory pathogens (Bordetella, Parainfluenza, and Adenovirus). Please call prior to boarding to discuss if your pet is adequately protected.
2) Food: We see a lot of animals get upset stomach when they are here for boarding. We feed a very bland and “stomach friendly” food while they are here, but nothing beats bringing their own food from home. This will decrease the likelihood of any vomiting, diarrhea, or discomfort during their stay!
3) Medications: Don’t forget ALL of their medications, and leave detailed instructions on dosing. Also, if you have a way you give the medications (treat, pill pocket, etc.) then let us know so we can make it easy on them!
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