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Monte Vista Pet Lodge Gives Special Needs Pets a Vacation

By Elisha Neubauer

Having a pet can be difficult when it comes time to travel. Do you take them with you? Do you leave them with a friend or family? Do you place them into a boarding facility? If your pet is special needs, whether from an injury, illness, or old age- this can weigh heavily on your decision.

When it comes to boarding your special needs pet, things can get even a little more complicated. Most facilities won't take on a dog that requires special attention, as they focus on sheer numbers versus the pets themselves. Having a special needs dog takes up more of the workers' time than most dogs and therefore limits the quantity of dogs the workers are able to care for.

At Monte Vista Pet Lodge in Rio Rancho, pets are the number one priority- not the numbers. "At Monte Vista Pet Lodge, we specialize in special need animal boarding," says Rebecca Weatherford, RVT General Manager. "From diabetics to geriatrics, we take the time and have the patience to care for these special animals. We also offer well animal boarding, day care and grooming."

The 6500 square foot facility houses both an indoor and outdoor play area for the animals. This includes a pet pool, ensuring your dog is constantly occupied, comfortable, and well-cared for.

Services include a complimentary physical exam upon check in, raised plush bedding, twice a day feedings, water all day, bedtime treat, medication administration if needed, a.m. and p.m. wellness checks, and play time every 60-90 minutes in private play yard with friends of the same size. The only requirements for pets to stay are Rabies, DHPPV and Bordatella shots for our Canine Lodgers, at least 72 hours prior to boarding, flea and tick preventative, and a letter of consent for boarding from a vet if the pet is special needs. Guests must complete a meet and greet with the staff and pet no less than four days before the scheduled stay.

"At Monte Vista Pet Lodge, we feel it is important for dogs to socialize with other dogs," explains Weatherford. "To help ease the anxiety of meeting new friends, we separate our play groups by size and by temperament." This allows playful dogs to go with other playful dogs and calm with calm. "We also integrate dogs one at a time, the exact opposite of the way dogs meet at the dog park." For those looking to board a cat, no worries--they take those, too!

Feline guests are required to have Rabies and FVRCP at least 72 hours prior to boarding, and a letter of boarding consent from a veterinarian if they're a Special Needs Lodger. During their stay, they receive play time in the cattery as needed, housekeeping, periodic massage, cuddle time, and love, in addition to the same services offered to the Canine visitors.

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