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We’re going away for the weekend. What can I do about my pets?

Q: We are going away this weekend because my daughter is getting married. We’ve made arrangements to board our elderly dog, Princess. Our elderly cat, Patterson is an inside/outside cat. My concern is that she will be very unhappy staying inside all day & she is not updated on her shots. Should I just ask a neighbor to watch & feed her? I can’t afford to pay out a lot of $ at this time.

A: Congrats! to your family.  What a happy time! I am glad to hear that you found accommodations for your dog.  As for Patterson, I would say ‘safety first’.  Where do you perceive she will be the safest?  In other words, if something were to happen to her, how would you know or be able to help her?  If you believe your neighbor can handle this level of responsibility then sounds like that could be the answer.  If you chose to board her with us, we include playtime (although indoors), and can take good care of her.  We only need her to be current on her Rabies vaccine, Distemper vaccine, exam to stay with us, and be sure she is negative for parasites… all things she needs annually anyway.  Those items cost a little over $100.  I would be remiss if I did not let you know that with a senior pet, we recommend that at minimum they are screened for age-related diseases, and as an outdoor kitty, she should be tested for FeLv/Fiv annually.  Call us and let us know if you have further questions or need us to help you!  Safe travels!

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