Many people choose to board their pets at a veterinarian’s hospital. Why do they make that choice?
First, think of your last stay at a hotel. Did you find one with a doctor on staff? While veterinarians are not necessarily making rounds of their boarders, staff members can always notify the doctor quickly if problems arise. It is not unusual for pets to lose their appetites while boarding, or develop vomiting and/or diarrhea from a change of food or water.
If such health concerns develop at a non-hospital setting, who will take your pet to the doctor for medical care? Or, does the boarding facility have an agreement for the veterinarian to make house calls?
Generally, pet owners who choose to board their pets at the doctor’s office do so because they want the peace of mind that comes with having their pets under medical supervision.
Early in my career I cared for a family of pets whose owners had not taken a vacation in over twenty years. They simply could not be away from their pets because they would worry so much. After a period of time I gained their trust and they boarded the pets while they left town for a week. The owners returned from their trip refreshed and renewed. The pets were as good as when they left, and they made arrangements for another trip even before they went home.
Veterinary medicine is a service industry. We care for your pets, and we care for you, too. The relationships we share with pets and people over the lifetime of a career are priceless gifts.
See you Monday, Dr. Randolph.