Many clients find organization is a must! And those who don’t usually wish they were this organized on many different things!
A basic folder with pockets or a small accordion file can keep all your pet’s records safe in one place. If you are buying a puppy or kitten, the breeder may give you a folder containing vaccines already given, dewormers, given, birth record with information for registering if you have a purebred. Some breeders do genetic testing and will have those results also included. When you adopt a pet from shelters or humane societies, they also will have vaccine and medical records to give you. Keep in mind, there may not be much in the way of records. It may only be vaccines and dewormers that the shelter has given. But even these limited records help us know what has or has not been given or done to your shelter pet. Many times they will give a quick synopsis of the behaviors they observed.
Many times I will make a file or folder for something and not clearly label it or not at all and then I can’t find it when I need it. This can be important in an emergency. VIP can always reprint records, BUT if we have only seen your pet once or twice, it may be very limited information and you may need it when we are closed!
Secondly you may want to make an emergency kit for your pet. We have discussed in the past making a pet first aid kit because your pet may or may not be able to use the same things people can. An emergency kit can function as your first aid kit as well. This kit can be used for injuries, storms, disaster instances etc. This doesn’t have to large, but once you gather what you want in it, that may determine whether you use a shoe box or a larger box. Include the following:
- Medical Records
- Small ziplock bag of food
- Bottled water
- Small food and water bowls
- Benadryl tablets or liquid
- Kayopectate liquid
- Dropper or medicine spoon to dispense medicines
- Vaccine records
- Roll of Gauze
- First aid tape (this will allow you to wrap an injury better around a paw than a bandaid till you can get medical help
- Extra collar
*These items should not be taken out unless an emergency happens. I know at my household it is too easy to grab the leash and collar out of the emergency kit than look for the leash I just threw in the mud room and can’t find now.
**Make sure you put a reminder on your calendar to take out the food and water and replace with fresh. It is easy to forget that food gets stale. Hopefully you have to know this and never actually use your emergency kit.