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In the photos I’ve posted on Facebook recently, a few people noticed that Ty’s leg was shaved where he had an IV. We had quite a scare with our little guy about a week and a half ago. I didn’t say much about it at the time because we didn’t know what was happening. He’d been a little off for a couple of days, but he was eating and drinking like normal … and Buster had gone through the same thing the week before and was better, so I thought they’d probably just picked up a bug.
After a couple days of some gastrointestinal upset, Ty laid down in his bed after dinner one night and I noticed that his eyes seemed a little glassy. The thermometer revealed his temperature had jumped to 104 – it was time to find an emergency vet! Luckily, All Pets Animal Hospital in Katy, TX was just down the road, and they turned out to be wonderful – providing great care and being extremely kind and accommodating to Rod and me while treating Ty’s fever, which had by then spiked to 105.5.
We spent the night with Ty hooked up to fluids and, by morning, his temperature had come down enough that we could take him home to monitor him. After a day recovering from that sleepless night, Ty was back to himself. His temperature was normal, he was bouncing along on some short walks, and he was eating and drinking like usual. It took a bit for the test results came back, and they provided no clear indication of what might have caused the fever. He had slightly elevated tick titers (Ty was treated for Lyme disease a couple years ago), but not at levels that should have caused this kind of reaction. Ty will be seeing his regular vet next week to determine if we need to do any follow-up treatment but, in the meantime, he’s back to his normal, persnickety self.
Keeping the boys safe while we’re traveling is our number one priority, so we wanted to share these tips with you:
1. Keep your pets’ tags current and readable
Always keep your pets’ tags updated with your current contact information. Did you get a new cell phone number or a new office number? When your contact information changes, remember to get a new tag for your pet. Also, tags get worn and scuffed up, which can make them hard to read, so double-check that the information on your pets’ tags is still clear.
2. Add a second temporary tag when traveling
Are you traveling to a location where you don’t get great cell service? It’s a good idea to add a second tag with a landline number for the place you’re staying, such as the hotel. This is a great idea whether your pet is traveling with you, or staying home with a pet sitter. If your pet is at home with a sitter, be sure to add the sitter’s number to the temporary tag. If your pet goes missing, the sitter will be able to react a lot faster since they’re local.
Ensure that your pet has a microchip, and that you have updated your contact information with the microchip registration company. Most microchip companies also provide a tag for the collar with the chip number and contact information for the company. If yours has gone missing, request a new one to put on your pet’s collar.
4. Consider pet insurance
Our experience with Ty reminded me how grateful I am that the boys are covered by pet insurance. One night in the animal hospital, plus the testing they did for Ty, cost more than $1,500. It doesn’t take much for a pet’s illness to set you back thousands of dollars.
Many dogs get stressed when they’re boarded or when a pet sitter watches them. They may transform into an escape artist busting out of the backyard, or destroy and eat something they shouldn’t out of nervous energy. And, if your pet is going with you on the trip, they could be at an increased risk for diseases in the region. For instance, Lyme disease from ticks is much more prevalent in the Northeast than on the West Coast.
A pet insurance policy can help cover the vet bills when your pet is sick or has an accident. Even if you only get a policy to cover your pets for the duration of your trip, it can help put your mind at ease and give you financial backup if anything does happen when you’re on the trail.
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