Rare is the veterinary practice that doesn’t offer boarding as an ancillary service.
You have several choices when it comes to care for your pets during travel. Among them:
- take them with you
- have someone house-sit with your pet at home
- have a family member or friend keep your pets at their home
- board with a veterinarian
- board at a non-veterinarian boarding facility
Among these many choices, why would you choose to have your pet’s doctor keep your pet for you? I like to compare it to a hotel with a doctor on staff.
In thirty years of practice I’ve seen many illnesses arise during pet boarding and have sometimes even had pets delivered to us from non-veterinarian boarding facilities for treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. Sometimes ailments are acute and mild, sometimes chronic and life-threatening.
In either case it brings great comfort to both pet and pet owner knowing that veterinary medical care is accessible in-house should a problem arise.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.