Dog lovers understand that no two pets are the same and that every dog is special in one way or another. Some dogs, however, require additional love and care as a result of disabilities, health conditions, age, or even breed. These special needs may require some additional planning when pet parents need to go out of town for an extended time.
If you think making boarding accommodations for your special needs dog is an insurmountable obstacle – good news: it is not. Most top-notch pet resorts are proud to provide the extra touches and TLC that your dog requires for a comfortable, successful stay.
Here are just a few suggestions for things that you can do as a pet parent to ensure a happy, healthy boarding stay.
- Make sure to pack the meds! Certain chronic health conditions require routine medications, while dogs who are recovering from minor surgeries may also be on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory prescriptions. If your dog requires routine medications, talk to your pet resort partner in advance. Professional pet care specialists are trained to administer oral medications. Be sure to pack an ample supply and include accurate dosing information (and possibly a few favorite treats to help the medicine go down).
- Don’t forget the diet: Food restrictions are no joke and can lead to all sorts of unpleasantness if not carefully followed. Luckily, the best pet resorts are staffed by compassionate and knowledgeable staff that can cater to your pet’s unique dietary needs. Simply keep them in the loop about all dietary requirements your pet may have. If specific foods are called for, your resort can prepare packaged and labeled meals that you send from home.
- Set seniors up for success: Older dogs may have challenges their younger colleagues do not, like arthritis, thyroid conditions, and vision issues – but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be young at heart (and treated that way). Talk to your dog’s caregivers about any age-related accommodations your veteran pup may need, and they will undoubtedly take care of the rest.
- Help your hound feel at home: Some disabilities may require added monitoring and accommodations for your special needs dogs. Pet resorts regularly custom-tailor services for these one-of-a-kind canines and will make certain that your dog receives the utmost attention during its stay. Schedule an initial consultation and/or meet and greet with staff to make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding your best pal’s care.
DogsWorld offers extra services and accommodations for your special needs dog. Please discuss special requests with our team when you call to make your reservation. We will go out of our way to make your pet’s stay exceptional and accommodating.