Pet Owners Urged to Plan Now for Summer Pet Boarding in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas, June 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pet owners who will be traveling this summer are urged to plan ahead when it comes to dog and cat boarding. According to Dessau Veterinary Clinic, summer is one of the most popular times for their clinic for pet boarding. Many kennels are fully booked weeks in advance. Austin veterinarian Dr. Kellee Campbell encourages pet owners to make their reservations as early as possible. Boarding offers a number of health benefits for pets.

Dessau Veterinary Clinic is now accepting pet boarding reservations for the summer months. The animal clinic is encouraging pet owners to plan now for their summer travel.

"Boarding at a veterinary hospital is a smart choice for pets, especially during the summer months," said Dr. Kellee Campbell, a veterinarian with Dessau Veterinary Clinic. "Since summer is a very popular travel season, we encourage pet owners to make their boarding reservations as soon as possible."

Austin veterinarian Dr. Susan Waage cautions against leaving pets home alone or outside unattended, especially during the hot summer months.

"Even pets that are left indoors are at risk for overheating and dehydration should a problem occur with the air conditioning or if their water runs dry," said Dr. Waage. "Given the scorching summers that Central Texas typically experiences, pets are much better off in the care of a qualified veterinary clinic."

According to Dr. Campbell, cat and dog boarding at a veterinary clinic offers a number of benefits to pets and their owners. These benefits include access to veterinary care should unexpected health emergencies occur.

Dog and cat boarding at a veterinary clinic is also a smart choice for pets that might otherwise become stressed, anxious or act-out when left home alone for extended periods.

"Even the most independent cats are used to the reassuring presence of their pet owners," said Dr. Campbell. "When pet owners suddenly disappear for an extended period, this can be very confusing and stressful for pets that are left home alone. Even if a neighbor checks on pets daily, this is not the same as an owner's constant companionship."

Some pets may "act out" when they are left alone, destroying furniture, eating toxic houseplants, or chewing through cords. This behavior can lead to a health emergency. If a pet is not under regular supervision, it could be 24 hours or more before the pet receives much-needed care. Dr. Waage says that for some pets, this care is too little, too late.

"Cat boarding and dog boarding at a veterinary hospital is the best way to reduce the risk for health emergencies and ensure pets are safe," said Dr. Waage. "Pet owners enjoy peace of mind while pets enjoy companionship and attention. It's a win-win."

Pet owners may learn more about cat and dog boarding at

CONTACT: Dessau Veterinary Clinic 888-667-5235Source:Dessau Veterinary Clinic