Life with a dog is amazing. They are a best friend, an exercise buddy, a wingman and a constant source of entertainment. But when life throws you a curve ball, your pup may need some special attention of their own, and quickly.
We’ve rounded up a few ideas on how to prepare for the unexpected, and how to manage caring for your pet on the fly…because you just never know.
- Know Your Options
If you have a sudden emergency, are you and your pup prepared? The last thing you want to do is leave decisions for the care of your pet to the last minute when something unplanned comes up. And it always does.
From a flat tire or traffic jam to last-minute travel, illness, injury or worse, knowing in advance that you have a plan for your pet is a huge advantage. As the incredibly wise Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” And with an animal depending on you, failure is not an option.
- Have a Go-To Solution
Being a pet owner has its own set of responsibilities. And if you can’t be there for them, what then? Making a pet emergency plan takes a little bit of homework and planning. It’s critical to know that when you have no time to waste, your pup has a place to go, a way to get there and everything they need for a day, a night or longer, right now.
Even if you don’t use it on a regular basis, get to know your local doggie day care and pet boarding facility. Stop by, introduce yourself and your pup and ask about the services they offer. Many will have an emergency care option for 24/7 drop-off and/or pick-up services. Be sure to get the after-hours number and know how to reach an attendant in case you need to drop off your pet in the middle of the night or on weekends. Most will have someone on staff to care for pets overnight and have emergency services in place so you know your pet will be safe, secure and loved.
- Designate a Back-Up Human
If you can’t be there, a friendly and familiar face will be reassuring for your pet. Be sure to have a known friend or family member designated as your emergency contact and surrogate pet parent. Make sure they have access to your home and pet, are familiar with your pet and their routine and know where to find everything they may need inside and outside your home. Include a plan with specific instructions and information on where to take your pup, so they aren’t left with the stress of making decisions.
- Prepare a “Doggie Bag”
Better yet, make an emergency overnight bag for your pup. Include food, treats, a leash, toys, an item of clothing with your scent, and any medications. Leave it near their kennel or in an easily accessible location. Include any specific contact information for doggie day care and boarding, your veterinarian, and a contact name at the boarding facility, so if possible they can be there with a warm welcome for your pet.
The unfamiliar and unexpected can be just as stressful for your pet as it is for you. Anticipating and planning ahead for any situation will definitely make it easier to focus on the emergency at hand, and not worry about your dog. Though confusing and upsetting for everyone, with a little extra effort you can manage these situations beforehand, so both you and your pet are a little more at ease.
Contact Henderson Pet Resort, to learn more about Dog Boarding services near Henderson, Las Vegas or Boulder City.