Getting Your Pet Buttoned Up!

Pets are wonderful examples of unconditional love.

These loyal companions do not care if you live in a mansion or a shack, are a neat freak or a slob, have purple hair or no hair at all; they only want to love and be loved. They are truly members of the family. But when it comes to keeping their important papers organized, would you know where to find them in a rush? Do you pay the same kind attention to maintaining their ‘file’ that you do your other family members? Our pets depend on us…their lives are in our hands. So it’s important to ensure they are as ‘Buttoned Up’ as the rest of the family.

Alicia on ‘Buy Some Time’

‘The important numbers and information that you need regarding your pet are most likely tucked away in various spots, making it more difficult to put your hands on things like immunization records, when you really need them. Not having all these things gathered together doesn’t just waste time, but in an emergency, it could mean you aren’t armed with the information you need to properly care for your beloved pet.’

Sarah on ‘Procrastination’

‘One big reason we avoid the task of getting our pets Buttoned Up is the same reason we avoid many organizational projects: fear of where to start. While the actual work of gathering and putting information in one easy-to-find spot is fairly simple, before you start, it can seem like an enormous burden that will take too long and be too much of a hassle. The trick: do one small thing that you can cross off of your organizational list right away, like label a folder with your pet’s name. The simple act of completing an organizational task, no matter how small, gets the magic of momentum working for you, not against you! Although you’ve heard it a million times before — it’s true that a series of small steps add up to real progress.’

Here are a few tips on things to consider organizing in one, neat folder.

#1 Begin at the Beginning
From the first moment you get your pet, you need to document what shots it has had and what it will need in the future. Make notes about your conversations with the doctor. And pay attention to your animal’s behavior and document any major changes in that behavior. Remember that your animal cannot tell you if he/she feels bad. You will need to learn the clues, such as a drop in intake or output, and then be able to tell the veterinarian exactly what has been going on.

#2 Easy Access for All
Make sure you are prepared for the unexpected emergency trips. Research pet sitters and/or kennels and note their numbers for easy access. Keeping this information in your Pet Doc will not only make it easier, faster and less stressful in a time of emergency but will also allow you to hand off this one file to your sitter or kennel keeper. This way, if there is a problem with your little friend, all the information needed to handle it—other sitters or kennels as well as medical information—will be at their disposal.

#3 Better Safe than Sorry

Make note of any food brands that have been proven to be unsafe. I know it seems that when you hear it in the news, you will never forget. But what happens in six months or two years from now when your preferred food goes off the market? You are going to want to be sure that you are getting something safe and the only way to do that is to be able to look over your notes.