What To Do With Your Dog During Inpatient Rehab

If you are a pet owner and about to enter an inpatient treatment program, you will need to find pet care for your dog. While some facilities allow you to bring your pet, many do not. Consider a pet sitting service, boarding facility, or having a family member check in on your dog.

If you are a pet owner, you understand that dogs offer unconditional love and emotional support when times are tough. When it is necessary for you to visit an inpatient rehab facility, it can be difficult to be away from your dog for so long.

Are There Dog-Friendly Rehab Centers?

Although rare, there are some pet-friendly rehab centers that may allow you to bring your pet with you for residential treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes your pet may be a distraction during the drug and alcohol addiction treatment process. Therefore, pets may not be allowed. 

To give you a peace of mind, however, you can learn about finding pet care for your dog during your inpatient stay at a treatment center.

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Have Your Best Friend Or Family Member Check On Your Furry Friend

While you are receiving drug addiction treatment at a facility, your dog will still need to be looked after. If you are unable to bring your dog to drug rehab with you, have your best friend or a family member check on your furry friend.

As part of a treatment plan, you may strongly need a support system. Typically, this may include friends and family. Find a trusted loved one who can bring food for your dog and visit your home several times a day to let the dog outside.

You Can Also Leave Your Dog With Them

As an alternative, you can leave your dog with your friend. Simply provide all of your dog’s essential items to your friend so they can properly take care of your pet while you are gone for an extended period of time.

Upon entering a treatment facility, you will need to provide a list of emergency contacts. You can stay in touch with your friend by adding their phone number on the list as well as calling them regularly to check-in on your little friend.

Consider A Pet Sitting Service

If you would like a professional to take care of your pet while you are at an inpatient treatment facility, consider a pet sitting service. A pet sitter may be a licensed professional.

By leaving your dog in a professional’s hands, you can rest easy knowing your best friend is truly taken care of.

Find A Boarding Facility

Another option to consider is a boarding facility or a kennel. This may not be as expensive as hiring a pet sitter, but your dog will still receive the care it requires while you are at the drug or alcohol rehab center.

Inpatient Treatment Options

Once you have made arrangements for your dog, it is time for you to begin your inpatient addiction treatment program. With inpatient care, there are a variety of treatment options for you to consider, including:

At Ohio Recovery Center, we’re here to help you or a loved one achieve recovery. To learn about the types of treatment we offer for substance use disorder, contact us today. Our residential treatment caters to your well-being and individual needs.

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration https://www.samhsa.gov/resource/dbhis/pets-animals
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration https://www.samhsa.gov/resource/dbhis/therapy-dogs-international

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: February 2, 2024

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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