Frequently asked questions
Do you do overnights or house sitting?
No, not at this time, but if your pet would do well outside of their home environment, boarding with Devoted Dog Support Care provides them a home setting with close monitoring and loving care.
What does boarding look like with Devoted Dog Support Care?
Boarding takes place in Heidi's house and is personalized to the needs of your furry family member(s).
If the four resident dogs and your dog(s) are compatible, your dog(s) will be integrated into Heidi's four-legged family during their stay. For the safety of all the dogs, we do crate and/or separate guest dogs from Heidi's pack when no one is home or when they can't be monitored.
If integrating with the other household dogs is not an option, no worries. Small dogs will have the run of a gated section on the main living level, with larger guests staying in their own dedicated pet room in the finished basement. All boarding guests are walked a minimum of 4 times per day and have multiple play times in addition to their other required care.
Boarding cats is not very often the best option, but some situations may call for it and we are happy to help. Your kitty will stay in the dedicated pet room in the finished basement and their care will be tailored to their needs.
What do I need to provide for my pet when they board with DDSC?
Please provide your pets' food, bedding, medications and nursing supplies such as pee pads, walking sling or harness, subcutaneous fluids, etc. If you anticipate your pet needing frequent changes, please send extra bedding for them.
What constitutes medical boarding?
When your pet has health issues or requires specialized attention it is considered medical boarding For example; multiple medications for multiple health concerns, sub-cutaneous fluids, incontinence, very close monitoring, etc.
Hospice care for pets?
Although hospice care in human medicine varies from organization to organization, its main goal is to support the patient and their family in the natural dying process when all other medical avenues have been exhausted. For the patient the focus is on supporting them with palliative medicine and physical care, and the family is supported through the emotional aspects of their loved one going through the dying process.
When it comes to our pets, the hospice care goal is slightly different. While the palliative and physical care for the patient is similar, instead of solely supporting the family, or pet owners, through the natural dying process, we support them through the decision making process. In veterinary medicine, we have the gift of being able to end our pet’s suffering, but it’s rarely a clear-cut decision and often wrought with a lot heavy emotion that many people wish they had some assistance navigating through. Our pets are family after all.
My role is to assist my clients in assessing the comfort and quality of life of their beloved pet in the comfort of their own home, ideally when partnered with your veterinarian providing palliative medicine. The frequency of visits depends on the needs of the client and their pet. Any decision making regarding said pet is solely up to the client.