Preparing for Pet Emergencies
Many of us don’t want to leave our dogs and cats at home when we travel for work or leisure. But what happens to our pet when an emergency such as an illness or an accident strikes? Our hotel in West Kelowna offers some step-by-step advice on what to pack and what to do in case of an emergency.
Look for West Kelowna Pet-Friendly Hotels
Before you hit the road with your four-legged friend, you should first plan to stay where pets are welcome. Some West Kelowna accommodations such as the Best Western Wine Country Hotel and Suites offer pet-friendly West Kelowna hotel rooms and suites that are located on the ground floor with easy access to outdoor spaces where your pet can do their business. The hotel is also located near dog-friendly parks, trails and beaches so you and your pet can get some much-needed exercise.
Devise a Pet Plan of Action
Another course of action besides booking into one of the best hotels in the Okanagan that caters to pets, is to develop a pet plan. Look up the closest veterinarians to where you will be staying, as well as pet food stores and other outlets such as doggy daycares and dog walking outfits in case you have to leave your pet alone for any reason.
In case of illness, or if your pet gets lost, make sure to use your smartphone to take a photo of your pet and write down his/her information such as:
- Recent vaccinations, medications, surgeries
- Health concerns i.e. allergies
- Microchip/tattoo number
- Pet insurance information
Pack a Doggy Bag
We’re not talking about leftovers here, but an actual bag filled with all the essentials you and your pet will need when travelling. This includes:
- Enough food and water for at least two-to-four days
- Collars, leashes and a muzzle if necessary
- Medications and a copy of your pet’s prescription(s)
- Medical records, vaccinations, etc.
- Waste bags
- Cleaning wipes in case your dog becomes ill
- Pet carriers for easy transportation
Get to Know Your Hotel Front Desk Staff
If your pet does experience an emergency while you are travelling, it will help to know someone local who can advise you on animal hospitals as well as dog control and pound keeper services in case your pet becomes lost. If staying at pet-friendly hotels in West Kelowna, British Columbia, get to know the front desk staff. They can direct you to these services and also provide information on dog friendly parks and more.
For more tips from pet-friendly hotels in West Kelowna, read: How to Enjoy Okanagan Nature with Your Pooch.
The Best Western Wine Country Hotel and Suites is one of the West Kelowna hotels TripAdvisor recommends for having clean and comfortable pet-friendly rooms and suites. West Kelowna hotel reviews also recommend us for our convenient location just off Highway 97, our friendly and helpful front desk staff, complimentary hot breakfast buffet as well as indoor pool, waterslide and hot tub.