Aldie Vet Vacation Pet

Is Your Pet Vacation Ready?

Summer is approaching and like most of us, a vacation is near. As you pack your sunscreen, clothes, towels, and bathing suits think about your furry friends as well. Just like you would for children, assigning a caregiver while you are away takes the stress off of your mind. Most facilities where you take your pets have forms to fill out in the case of an emergency. Here are some questions to ponder before you take your getaway:

Pet Sitter

  1. Who will be caring for my pet?
  2. What phone numbers should I leave them in the case of an emergency?
  3. Do I have enough food to last the duration of my trip?
  4. With pets that take medications- Do I have enough medication to last for the duration of my trip?
  5. Should I see if the facility has a possibility to leave my Credit Card on file, in the case that my pet sitter has to come in?
  6. Is my pet sitter authorized on my account at the Vet’s Office, in the case of an emergency?
  7. Does my current Vet have an emergency facility?
  8. What are my wishes for CPR in the case that something does happen and are my wishes clear with the sitter?

Boarding

  1. What is the best facility to meet my pet’s needs for boarding?
  2. Is my pet up to date on all the vaccines required at the facility?
  3. What are my wishes in the case that CPR may need to be performed?
  4. How does the facility feel about medications if my pet needs any?
  5. Is there someone in the building at all hours of the day or just during regular business hours?
  6. Will my pet interact with other pets during their stay?
  7. What is the facilities protocol in the scenario that my pet starts to get sick?
  8. Where will the boarding facility take my pet if medical treatment is needed?

These are just some of the questions that you should think on. Here at Aldie Veterinary Hospital, we offer Emergency Treatment Authorization forms to fill out and add on the account, as well as credit card forms to leave on file. We strive to make your vacation as stress-free as possible. We also have our emergency services through Dulles South Animal Emergency & Referral, all housed in the Dulles South Veterinary Center. Our medical staff is available 24 hours a day.  Enjoy a fun-filled summer and please call us if you have any questions at 703-327-0909 or download these forms here.

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Other Services

Acupuncture

  • Musculoskeletal problems: back pain, arthritis/degenerative joint disease, muscle soreness
  • Neurological disorders: weakness and paralysis resulting from intervertebral disk trauma, spinal or nerve problems
  • Gastrointestinal conditions: diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease
  • Other chronic conditions not responding to conventional therapy, including but not limited to: skin allergies and dermatitis; lick granulomas; epilepsy; respiratory conditions; hormonal imbalances; infertility and internal organ dysfunction
  • Prevention of disease and promotion of well-being, geriatric support, and performance enhancement

Grooming

Let us pamper your pet at our Day Spa! We provide pet grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats. Our grooming services include:

  • Clipping and scissor cuts
  • Dematting
  • Flea Dips
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Toenail Clipping
  • Regular Baths
  • Medicated Baths
  • Fluff Drying

Boarding

We provide boarding services for our client’s dogs and cats. Our separate cat and dog wards ensure tranquility for the cats and companionship for the dogs. All of our cages and kennels are indoors and therefore, temperature controlled with installed smoke, heat, and motion detectors. Because boarding is supervised by a veterinarian, you can be comforted that all of your pet’s medications will be properly administered and he or she will receive prompt medical attention, if needed. 

Nutritional Counseling

Diet and nutrition are important to maintaining your pet’s health. Feeding your pet a specially formulated diet to meet the needs of adulthood helps encourage a long and healthy life. We will provide guidance regarding your pet’s nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight loss and maintenance, and performance. Please feel free to consult our veterinarians to help you find the right food to fit with your pet’s lifestyle, body condition, and health needs.

Hospice Care

If you choose, Aldie Vet will help you provide end-of-life comforting care, to your terminally ill or dying pet. This will allow you to spend quality time at home with your pet until such time as you decide to euthanize or until death occurs.  We will provide assistance, as requested, as it relates to pain and symptom control, wound care, problems with incontinence and other aesthetics, and changes in behavior patterns.

Euthanasia

When you have reached the extremely difficult decision that there is no quality of your pet’s life or that your pet is suffering, our veterinarians will be there to help you through the process of euthanasia. Please feel free to discuss the process and ask any questions to our veterinarians. They are very familiar with the experience and are able to talk with you about the process and feelings that go with it. Also, please click our Pet Bereavement link for additional information.