Animals always seem to have the worst timing. The cat goes nuts and breaks something important right before your important interview; your dog destroys that essential textbook when you have an assignment due and need to study. And, of course, possibly the worst of all: your beloved pet decides to get ill right when you're about to be away from home for a while.
If you have an urgent situation that requires emergency vet treatment when you're about to go on holiday, it can double your worries. It's not always easy to work out a solution that lets you make sure your pet is safe and well without leaving yourself out of pocket, but here are some suggestions to help you.
See if you can change your holiday
It's not always practical – or even possible – to change or cancel your holiday without losing out on the money you've invested, but there are situations where it can be done.
If you have travel insurance, which is always a particularly good idea when you have pets, you may be able to claim the cost of your holiday if you need to cancel, or any extra costs if you have to change the dates. Your pet insurance might also provide for this.
Find an experienced boarder
Your holiday plans have most likely already included booking boarding for your pet. Give them a call and ask if they're willing and able to look after your pet following emergency treatment.
They might not have the required time, or they may ask for extra money. If you have any doubts about their ability or willingness, go with your instincts and make different arrangements.
Get a house sitter
When a pet is recovering from treatment, particularly if there was any surgery performed, it's best if they do so in their own home where they can feel safe and comfortable.
A house sitter can be around to look after the animal and take any action if their health worsens. It's best to ask a friend or family member you trust, rather than hiring a professional sitter. Make sure they have written instructions for your pet's care needs, plus emergency contact numbers for you and your vet.
Consider taking your pet with you
Depending on how far you're travelling, you might have no choice but to leave your pet behind. But if you're going somewhere within driving distance and staying in pet-friendly accommodation, this could be the best option you have if you've exhausted the other possibilities.
Before you set off, let your vet know what you're planning and ask their advice. You should also find the nearest vet to where you'll be staying and contact them in advance to inform them of the situation.