Tips for Traveling with a Sick Pet

Traveling with a sick pet presents unique pet travel challenges.

You may be over the river and through the woods this holiday season, but if you have a pet who is sick, immunocompromised, affected by cancer, or otherwise not well it can make things a little more complicated. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have you covered, though, with our tips for traveling with a sick pet.

Things to Consider When Traveling with a Sick Pet

It can be stressful enough taking a pet on a trip. You need to remember all the associated supplies, plan your pit stops, and be sure that you have everything that you might need along the way.

When traveling with sick pet, however, the ante is upped considerably. It is important to consider a few factors when planning the trip:


Keep One Step Ahead with Disaster Preparedness for Pets

If you’re like many Americans, you probably have at least some semblance of a plan in the event of a natural disaster or evacuation; perhaps you’ve stashed some extra food and water in the basement or have a first aid kit in your car. Whatever the case, it’s important to remember the needs of your pet, as well. Disaster preparedness for pets is critical to their safety and well being. If you’re wondering where to start, you’re in luck! The Pet Experts are here to help.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Having the necessary items on hand is essential to disaster preparedness for pets. Check the following items off your list:
(and make sure they’re stored in an easily accessible location!)

Planning the Ultimate Dog Friendly Vacation

French Bulldog puppy sitting on suitcasesUnderstandably, many dog lovers want to bring Fido with them wherever they go. In response to this demand, hip canine hot spots have sprung up all over the country. It’s no wonder pet owners are looking for dog friendly vacation ideas, as well. Here are some of our top tips for a vacation that’s sure to (bow) wow. Continue…

Leavin’ On A Jet Plane: How To Prepare For International Pet Travel

Dog sitting in his transporterWhile your cat or dog isn’t able to help you navigate, he or she could be great company on a trip abroad. Whether you’re preparing to move abroad, traveling for work or leisure, or just make a visit across the border, international pet travel requires advanced preparation. As part of our focus on pet travel and roadtrips with your pet, we put together the following basics to help orient you skyward or onward to your foreign destination. Also consider contacting a professional pet travel business like Bring Fido to help with your pet travel plans. Continue…

Into The Great Wide Open: Pet Travel Tips For A Safe Trip

naperville-iStock_000008539334_LargeAirlines, hotels, and restaurants are stepping up their game to include – and welcome – more people traveling with pets. This is a welcome change! Traveling with pets still requires advance research and preparation though to make the trip itself go smoothly. Being able to take your pet with you and share the fun is worth it. Continue…

Beating the Pet Boarding Blues: How to Make Your Pet’s Stay a Success

Boxer2With summer just around the corner, it’s likely that you and yours will be hitting the road or taking to the skies for a much needed vacation. And, unless you’re leaving your pets at home with a trusted sitter, it also means that Fluffy or Fido is slated for a stay at our Pet Paradise boarding facility for a staycation of their own.

For some pets, spending time at a boarding facility can be a treat. They love the interaction with new pets and people, and the specialized attention that they get from our amazing staff. But for other pets, boarding can be a bit stressful. This is especially true for pets with severe separation anxiety or for new boarders who don’t know how much fun they’re about to have.

If you have a pet that is scared to board, you’ll want to read up on our tips for successful pet boarding so that you can help to ensure that, when all is said and done, that your pet has had as much fun with us as you’ve had on your own adventure.

Here’s what to know… Continue…

Happy Tails! The Ins and Outs of Boarding Your Pet


HotelWith summer just around the corner, many of our clients have been contacting us with questions about our boarding services. We understand that leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be stressful for you both. We also realize you want to know that your furry friend is in good hands and receiving the love and care he or she deserves while you’re away.

So, if you’re planning on hitting the open road this summer, but won’t be taking your pet along for the ride, here are some helpful hints for preparing your pet for his or her stay at Naperville Animal Hospital’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos.


Top Ten Signs of a Top Notch Boarding Facility

It is hard enough to leave your pooch or puss behind when you have to be away from home, let alone select somewhere for them to stay.  Ease your worries by making sure your boarding facility displays all the signs of being a quality joint.

10.  Separate lodging for cats and dogs.  Especially for cats, this can be a big deal.  Make sure the cats and dogs are not intermingled.  Bonus points if cats are kept in an area that drowns out the noise of any barking dogs.

9.  Spacious accommodations.  Take a look and see if cage sizes seem appropriate to the size of the animal it contains.  Don’t forget your pet may be staying more than a night or two.

8.  Personalized care.  Special diet requirements, medication administration, or caretaking requests should be honored (within reason of course).

7.  Opportunity for exercise.  Particularly if your pet is staying more than a few days, it is important that they are allowed the ability to stretch their legs and burn off some steam.  Even pets that don’t require much exercise (couch potato kitties, older dogs) should be offered some form of interaction on a daily basis.

6.  Caring staff.  Talk to the people that will be taking care of your pets.  Oftentimes you can get a good feel for their level of commitment to their job and to their furry guests.

5.  Willingness for you to visit.  A good facility should be willing to have you come and take a look around.  This is often the best way to get a feel for the quality of care.

4.  A plan.  A top notch facility should know their policies, have a plan in place for medical emergencies, and ask you about your desires for specific situations.

3.  Cleanliness.  Of course anywhere that houses animals is bound to have some “accidents”, but overall pet’s living conditions should be clean and smells should be minimal.

2.  Vaccination and other health requirements.  If a boarding facility doesn’t ask for your pet’s vaccine status or de-worming history, chances are they haven’t asked for anyone else’s pet’s either.  Your pet can come into contact with diseases at a place such as this, and a conscientious operation will be on top of these types of issues.

1.  A genuine interest in your pet.  This is often what separates the good from the great.  A great facility will welcome your pet with open arms and offer the same caring touch that you would at home.  The presence of a true interest in your pet is what will make you the most comfortable leaving your baby.

Be sure to consider us for boarding if you’re taking some time away. We would love to take care of your loved one, and we’re sure you’ll find we match up to all of the criteria listed above!