Some people leave their pets at home or in a kennel when they go on vacation. And some people, such as ourselves, like to bring their pets along while on vacation. Especially if the vacation is going to be a long one, as in our case, three months. As usual, of course, I hadn’t planned on our dog getting sick. Why would she? Our dog has never fallen ill so why should a vacation pose anything different?
Depending on where you vacation, different locations pose different health threats to your tag-a-long pet. Strange scents, strange objects can make a pet very curious and very sick. Our dog found her way into a pile of tossed-aside bones and before we could pull the debris out of her mouth, she ingested a few shards. Like clockwork, within a few hours our dog was vomiting and had diarrhea. We tried the usual home remedies. After two days we knew our beloved dog needed some emergency medical treatment.
We found a decent vet hospital in the new strange area we were vacationing and based solely on Google reviews we brought our dog in for immediate treatment. Thankfully the vet hospital was open early by 7AM and closed late by 10PM seven days a week. Our dog needed an IV, antibiotics, probiotics and some other shots for nausea. If she didn’t improved in another two days, we had to go back for an X-ray for possible stomach or intestinal perforation.
Our dogs health improved. Crisis averted. But it could have been worse. Much worse. All because we weren’t paying attention to the many possibilities vacationing in a new environment entailed to our pet.
Final vet bill: $212. We got off easy. If we were back home, this bill would have toppled $500. Ouch. Not good when you’re on a Penny-pinching vacation. Lesson learned: pay attention or leave your pet at home.