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Pet owners generally want to have their pets with them as much as possible, however, it is not always possible to take them with us on every trip. If we do leave them behind, it is important to assure that they are safe and well cared for while we are gone. That's why many who are looking for pet boarding in Sarasota & Parrish bring their pets to Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital when they need to board their cat or dog.
For many pets being boarded is a scary experience, and it is important that it be made as comfortable as possible, and that someone is keeping watch in order to limit the possibility of any unexpected surprises.
Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital has two different locations in Sarasota and Parrish that both offer full-service boarding facilities. Animals kept in these facilities are kept in a spacious area and can be kept on any medication schedule they need as they are monitored by dedicated staff. Both of the facilities are also treated for fleas and ticks, and are kept at a comfortable climate. Food is provided, but many pet owners prefer to bring their own in order to keep things familiar.
If you do need to board your pet, the element of surprise isn't necessarily a good thing. It is best to prepare your pet and yourself ahead of time if you can.
One of the first things you need to make sure of is that your pet is current on all required vaccinations. The main three that are needed if a pet is being boarded include, rabies, distemper, and Bordetella. While rabies and distemper vaccines are often automatic, getting a Bordetella vaccine isn't always, but it is important for dogs who spend time with other dogs. It protects against kennel cough, which is highly contagious.
They should also be current on their treatment for flea and tick protection. Even though both of our facilities are treated for these pets, it never hurts to make sure your pet is taken care of in this regard.
Pack their own individual portions of food. While we have food for your dog or cat at both our Sarasota and Parrish Boarding facility, it is usually better for your pet to stick with their regular diet. A sudden change in diet can cause some dogs to get colitis or an upset stomach.
Reserve your spot in advance. While sometimes the need to board your pet may come last minute, if you have advanced notice of your trip be sure to schedule your pets stay at the boarder in plenty of time so you can double check that your dog and or cat has everything they need before you go. You can also prepare important information such as emergency contact info for an extra feeling of security.
Boarding a pet can be hard for some pet owners too, but knowing that your pet is being looked after by dedicated staff in a spacious facility of a veterinary practice can bring a great deal of peace of mind about your pet's experience. If any injury or illness does occur while you are gone, a veterinarian is already there to help. To set up your boarding schedule or to visit one of our facilities contact us at (941) 366-1222.