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Boarding Your Pet Over the Holiday

Getting ready to go away for the holidays can be stressful. If you are going to be boarding your pet, here are some things to think about to make your getaway a bit smoother:

1. Check to be sure your pet is current on required vaccines. Although at P.A.H., we can update vaccines when your pet checks in for boarding, it is better for your pet’s health to have vaccines at least several days before boarding to allow immunity to develop.

2. We will be happy to print out vaccination records for you, but it’s always better to call ahead.

3. Even if a boarding facility does not require it, it is always a good idea to have a check-up by the veterinarian beforehand, especially if your pet is elderly or has a chronic medical condition.

4. Verify times for drop-off and pick-up. Holiday hours may vary.

5. Make a list of medications your pet takes and bring prescriptions in their original containers.

6. If your pet is on a special diet, pack and label clearly enough food for their stay. Disposable plastic containers or “Ziploc” bags labeled with permanent markers are best.

7. Be ready to provide phone numbers and emergency contact information.

8. Ask how any health issues that arise while you’re away will be handled. (If you are boarding at P.A.H., you can print out and complete our Boarding Treatment Information and Permission Form ahead of time here)

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