Being away from home can be more stressful for geriatric pets than for younger ones. They have habits and patterns that are more difficult to break out of. Dogs and cats love patterns—knowing what is going to happen, and when—and changing those patterns can upset them.
Additionally, geriatric pets are more likely to have underlying health problems. There are many common health issues that older pets struggle with, including:
- Kidney, heart, or liver disease
Boarding, especially if your pet has never boarded, or boarded infrequently, may cause these conditions to become apparent or worsen.
Plan on Boarding Geriatric Pets
Speak with your pet care provider and staff regarding the care of your geriatric pets. Perhaps the kennel has a particular area where older pets stay, or maybe they offer specialized services for senior pet care.
Be honest about any known medical condition your pet may have. The staff will be better able to recognize problems with a particular condition if they know what to look for. They may need to take special care when handling or feeding the pet as well.
Take along all medications your pet may need during the stay and be sure they have appropriate labels. If your dog or cat is on several medications or a complicated dosage schedule, a small chart or calendar showing the medication(s) schedule will help staff to keep the treatments on time. Also, be sure your pet’s vaccinations are all up to date.
Leave an emergency number where you can be reached, as well as your veterinarian’s name and number. If a problem arises during your pet’s stay, staff members must be able to reach you or make a decision based on your requests. If the boarding facility must seek veterinary care for your pets, then be aware that you, as the owner, are financially responsible for your pet’s treatment.
Caring for Older or Stressed Pets
Most pet care facilities have steps in place to help your pet cope with stress. These facilities provide pets with additional attention, extra bedding, soft music, or a special boarding area away from the general pet population. Special diets can meet the nutritional needs of a senior pet, or you may choose to provide the food of your choice. Discuss your pet’s individual needs and health conditions in advance, along with what to do if something changes.
Boarding at Cozy Canine Camp
At Cozy Canine Camp, our professional staff understands the unique needs that geriatric pets have during boarding, especially if they’re unaccustomed to the environment. We offer each pet a unique, comfortable experience, along with a variety of pet services, so they have the least stressful experience possible.
If you need a professional and trustworthy dog boarding facility to board your canine, Cozy Canine Camp has the facility for you. Contact us today at 410-923-2010 for more information about our services and facility.