Having a dog or cat roommate is wonderful for your daily routine, but finding a suitable place to care for them when you’re away is always perplexing. If you need to be away for a period of time, such as for medical treatment, the problem is compounded. However, these situations come up frequently for pet owners, and a number of solutions are available to help with pet care while you are in treatment for alcohol abuse.
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Issues to Take into Account When Considering Care for Your Pet
Your pet is special to you for a lot of reasons, so you want to provide the best care possible, in terms of feeding, exercise and human interaction. The task can become more complicated if your pet is older, has special health needs, requires regular medication or has other issues. You should always discuss these needs in detail with the prospective care provider, to ensure they can handle the additional tasks appropriately.
Tap Into Family
Sometimes the best option for care is a family member who knows your pet and is willing to provide the individualized attention that keeps an animal happy and healthy. Sometimes family members are only too happy to pitch in; however, this is not always the case. You might be able to sweeten the deal with a little cash compensation to ensure the task is considered a real job. Asking family members may not always be the right choice if they do not enjoy pets and have no experience caring for animals.
Ask Your Neighbors
Often, your neighbors will already know your pet from walks in the neighborhood or visits to your home. They may have pets of their own that are already familiar with your pet. Ask around to see if any would be willing to take in your pet for a period of time while you are in treatment. Many people are happy to pitch in when someone in the neighborhood needs help.
Consult With Your Local Animal Shelter
Most animal shelters have a “foster care” program that places animals in volunteers’ homes for a period of time. Generally, these are used for strays that are waiting for someone to adopt them, but they will sometimes help with pets in a community to provide temporary care while the owner is getting medical care.
Most communities have a number of pet-sitting services that can be used for extended care for your pet while you are in medical treatment. These generally come to your home to provide care periodically throughout the day. However, you may also find specialized services that will take your pet into their homes for a period of time. Pet-sitting services are often very good for pets because you can leave detailed instructions for the animal’s care, which will reassure both you and your pet when you are not there. However, pet-sitting services can be quite expensive. You may want to check prices with several agencies, and check references to ensure they provide reliable care.
While not considered the optimum arrangement, boarding facilities may still offer a solution for longer-term pet care. The quality of boarding facilities varies widely. Some are old-fashioned, bare-bones operations that only provide the most generalized care. They usually provide a run that offers indoor shelter and outdoor exercise. However, newer boarding operations have begun to fill the niche for higher-end accommodations, such as guest suites, individualized playtimes, spa services and other amenities. They can even provide webcam check-ins to ensure your pet is doing well. Expect to pay for these upscale establishments, but they can offer peace of mind for pet owners while they are unable to care for their animals.
Medical Condition Support Groups
In some cases, you can find support groups associated with particular conditions, such as cancer, that offer many kinds of support. Programs may also include foster homes for pets while you are ill. These groups are often willing volunteers who understand the special problems of dealing with a medical condition.
Needing medical treatment is stressful enough without having to worry about the well-being of your pet while you’re under care. Fortunately, there are a number of options you can explore to find the right situation for your pet, so you can have peace of mind while you recover your health. If you spend time researching the choices, you will be able to find the right situation for your pet’s unique needs.
Author Bio: Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.
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cancercare.org/paw – CancerCare Pet Assistance & Wellness (PAW) Program