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The reservations are made, the bags are packed, and you’re ready for your trip. If you’re not taking your animal(s) with you, who’s in charge of healthcare decisions while you’re away? Cell phones and computers have made it much easier to stay in touch and be contacted, but what if you can’t be reached in case of an emergency?
Regardless of whether you’re leaving your animal in the care
of family or friends, a veterinary hospital, boarding kennel or
stable, you should authorize someone you trust to act on
your behalf in case of an emergency if you can’t be reached.
Make sure that person is aware of your wishes regarding
emergency treatment; this includes the potentially uncomfortable
topic of financial limits, if there are any. Provide that person
with all possible methods of contacting you in case of an
emergency, including contact information for your traveling
companions as appropriate, as well as an assurance of
your trust that they can make decisions if you cannot be reached.
Questions to consider:
Actions to provide for your pet’s care while you’re away