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
maybe I'm just a control freak!
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