Dog Daycare: What’s Your Plan If You Have an Emergency?

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Article Found on DogHealthNews.com

Dog daycare may not be on your top priority list until your 85 year old uncle falls down the stairs, spends 4 days in the hospital, requires 3 weeks of physical therapy and needs to install a stairlift before he can go home and care for his dog who’s now your responsibility or even worse, you’re franticly in need of someone to foster your uncle’s 10 year old dog for several weeks and have no idea how your uncle and his dog will deal with  separation.

This news brief gives you an example of one dog owner’s emergency situation so you’ll have a strategy to create a care team for an injured dog owner and their beloved dog.

Dog Daycare: 8 Helpful Tips for Emergency Coverage

  1. Dog Foster Care – You never know when you’ll need a trustworthy dog sitter who can take over full responsibility for your loved one’s dog in an emergency.  A good strategy would be to have a dog sitter and a foster home in case you need a temporary or permanent solution to care for a senior’s dog when something goes wrong.
  2. Keys – You’ll need at least 5 sets of keys to give out to your care team to handle things like taking out trash, picking up mail or retrieving personal items for your loved one.  You may need to give keys to your dog daycare manager, housekeeper or a service company if work needs to be done.
  3. Phone numbers – Emergency numbers including dog sitters, family members, friends, doctors, home care facilities and financial planners should be kept in a safe place that the care team can access readily.
  4. Dog food & treats – Your care team needs to know where the dog food and treats are kept as well as the daily portions.  You may want to put notes on the refrigerator for easy reference.
  5. Leashes, harnesses and jackets – To make things easy, keep the dog’s leashes, harnesses and jackets in one place near the door you’ll use to take the dog out.  Don’t forget the doggie waste bags too!  You may want to have an emergency kit ready in case you need to bring it along to your dog daycare facility so your senior’s dog will have all the things he needs including one of his toys.
  6. Medications – It’s critical to know all the medications taken by your senior and their dog.  You can keep a list of these items in the kitchen on the refrigerator  with instructions for dosage and where to renew prescriptions as needed.
  7. Veterinarian – Another much needed item on your checklist is the contact information for your senior’s veterinarian including the number for your local emergency animal hospital.
  8. Instructions for dog care – Your senior might have special daily routines with his dog.  A smart idea is to write them down and give them to your care team, dog daycare facility or foster dog parents so everyone has the same instructions for dog care. 

Fred and Sasha’s Story

  • Fred – The good news here is that Fred had a care team in place and were able to put a plan together immediately. Since Fred managed to dial 911 to get emergency help for himself, the next top priority was finding a foster home for his dog, Sasha, a lively 10 year old Cairn Terrier who looks like Toto from the well known classic movie, The Wizard of Oz.  After a long discussion with his care team including what to do about dog daycare, of High Energy Dogscourse, Fred agreed to the installation of a stairlift as the first step to safe-proofing his home.  Fred can’t wait to come home from from the rehab facility so he can be reunited with his best pal Sasha.  He’s grateful for his care team beyond words.
  • Sasha – As part of Fred’s care team, I’m lucky to be able to take Sasha for weekly walks by the ocean.  Even though I know Sasha could literally lift me off my feet if I let her pull me down the street, she is a perfect example of a well behaved dog.  Fred says that Sasha loves anyone she’s with, however I’m certain her heart remains with her owner and I bet she can’t wait to come home soon and be with Fred.  Dog daycare in Sasha’s case would be only for emergencies.

This short story gives you a heartwarming story and tips for emergency coverage so you can put together a care team for your loved one and their dog in case something unforeseen happens.

Share this article with friends and family so they’ll have information they may need to care for their loved one who owns a dog in case of an emergency.


Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com