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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-17-2009, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Vet care when owner is out-of-town

My husband and I are taking a cruise next month and will at times be completely out of contact. Our daughter, in conjunction with a neighbor boy, will be caring for our animals. Would it be a good idea to speak with our vet and let him know that our daughter will have full authority to make any medical decisions in case an emergency were to come up? Also, considering we are VERY good customers, would I be out of line to ask if we could pay when we returned home, in case our daughter didn't have the money (and there's a very good chance that she wouldn't)? Am I just being an alarmist? I just want to feel confident that they are taken care of while we are gone.
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Re: Vet care when owner is out-of-town

Not an alarmist at all. I left a signed letter stating that our pet sitter/and or neighbor had our approval to bring any of our animals to the vet while we were out of town. The letter also included information such as pet insurance policy numbers.

It was never needed, but it was there in case someone needed it.


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Re: Vet care when owner is out-of-town

Last year when I taking care of a senior pup for three weeks the owners arranged ahead of time for any emergency with their vet, who is also my vet. The vet already had credit card authorization if they needed it to pay for it.

Thankfully we didn't need to use it.
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Re: Vet care when owner is out-of-town

I also left a letter giving permission, called my regular vet and the emergency vet and left credit cards and explicit instructions. I have spent more in vet care than I want to think about, but I was able to manage it so I didn't want major descisions to be based on financial constraints and I made that very clear.

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Re: Vet care when owner is out-of-town

Not alarmist at all! I leave a signed letter with whoever is sitting and a note with the vet giving permission to the sitter to make any medical decisions for the pets and promising to pay. I think last time I specified up to a certain dollar amount before speaking with me in case they couldn't get in touch because I was going to be out of the country. If you have a good history with the vet, they would probably allow you to do the same. If not, as others have said, you can give a credit card number. I would specify a dollar amount not to exceed before contacting you though. For your own protection and the vets and your daughter's. I usually count on emergency care for 2-3 days, which I think is reasonable amount of time to get in touch with you.

ETA: oops I didn't read the post carefully enough and didn't realize you would be out of contact the whole time. In that case, don't put a dollar limit, but follow the PPs advice on specifying what is acceptable.

Also, I'm a spare no expense on my animals kind of person, but it makes me nervous to give free reign on medical expenses without consulting me. But
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Re: Vet care when owner is out-of-town

We have done this when traveling out of the country. We called the vet and left our credit card (which was put in the safe, where available if needed) for services. Then, we wrote a letter stating that so and so had permission to make medical decisions for Siena (and provided dates). We made sure the person in charge of those authorizations was an adult. With Siena's ever continuing health issues, we found this the best way to have peace of mind while we were away. We knew her caretaker was less paranoid than us, so we knew she would not have any unnecessary vet visits. We travel at least once a year for a couple of weeks, and have yet (fingers crossed) to use it while away. Oh, and we also asked the care taker to let us know either by phone or email if a vet visit was needed and what for (in case she could not reach us directly).

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Re: Vet care when owner is out-of-town

Another thing we've done, is leave the caretaker our family member's phone numbers. For some reason if they couldn't get in touch with us, they could call my sister and ask advice. She's only 100 miles away and could either drive down or know very closely what I would want done.

This doesn't apply in your situation, but it's a good thing to keep in mind if you ever use a sitter that's not related to you.


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