Can My Dog Board Overnight While on Medication?
When looking for the right dog boarding facility in Metro Detroit, there are many things to consider. Do they have staff in the facility overnight? Are they trained in Pet CPR & First Aid? But for pet parents with dogs on medications, there is the most important question of all; “Can my dog board overnight while on medication?” At Canine To Five, that answer is yes! As long as your dog is cleared by their veterinarian to stay in a dog boarding facility, our team of Pack Leaders would be happy to administer their prescribed medication.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Whether your pup needs pills, eye drops, or supplements, Canine To Five does not charge to administer medications to your dog.
HOW SHOULD I PACK MY DOG’S MEDICATION?
The preferred method is to supply Canine To Five with medications in their original containers with instructions included. This helps in the event medication is misplaced, fallen on the floor, or runs out before your arrival. Please do not pack your dog’s medications with their food.
HOW ARE MEDICATIONS ADMINISTERED DURING BOARDING?
Medication administration starts with our front desk team at check-in. After obtaining your pup’s medications and instructions, each medication, their dosage and frequency, are inputted into your dog’s online account. That’s not all, they are also handwritten on a medication sheet that is kept with your dog’s personal belongings. When it is time to administer your dog’s medication, our boarding staff will use different methods to safely medicate your dog, then record and initial whether they were successful on both the medication sheet and in the computer. (If you have a quick & easy tip to get your dog to take medication – let us know!) If our team is unsuccessful in administering medication to your dog, you will be promptly notified.
ARE THERE ANY MEDICATIONS YOU CANNOT ADMINISTER?
Canine To Five cannot administer life sustaining medication. This is deemed as medication the dog requires regularly to prevent a life threatening scenario such as insulin, chemotherapy medication, heart medication, anti-seizure medication, etc. Canine To Five will also not administer medication that is not prescribed to the dog and will require the medication’s prescription bottle or documentation from the vet stating the dog requires the medication. Over the counter medication can be administered if it is recommended by the vet and helps treat a condition the dog has. Medication that can be skipped for the few days the dog is boarding with us should stay at home to limit the amount of medication our staff is required to administer, document, and log daily.
CAN MY DOG STAY OVERNIGHT WITH STITCHES OR A CONE?
If your dog is recovering from surgery, it is best to leave them in the care of your veterinarian while you’re away, but for small procedures or healing hot spots, Canine To Five has Private Play boarding available that will keep your pup safe during recovery. Collars/cones are welcome in Private Play, but stitches must be 10+ days old and cleared by your veterinarian before your pup can stay. This ensures there is no chance for infection, and limits the impact in the event they are accidentally removed by your dog.
Canine To Five knows leaving your furry friend behind can be stressful, and even more so when they are on a regimen of prescriptions! We appreciate you entrusting our team with the care of your beloved pet, and are confident you can rest assured knowing every instruction will be followed.
Ready to book your dog’s overnight visit? Here’s what you’ll need to start:
- Your pup must be at least 12 weeks old
- They must have their DHPP, Lepto, Bordetella, and Rabies vaccines (Rabies by 18 weeks old for puppies)
- Puppies over 9 months old must be spayed/neutered to participate in our pack-style environment; Unaltered dogs may continue to join us for Private Play
If your dog is eligible to start, click here to fill out our new client inquiry form and our Canine Concierge will get in touch with you to go over next steps!