It’s no secret that we live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world. When it comes to protecting our loved ones during uncertain times, it’s always best to plan ahead. So, why shouldn’t this include making plans to ensure your pet’s future well-being?
Fortunately, there are several simple things that you can do, today, that can greatly help to protect your pet’s health and safety, tomorrow. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for anything that might come your way:
It’s always good practice to make sure that your pet has a collar with all of your current information in the event that you and your furry loved one get separated. For this reason, you might also consider microchipping. Unfortunately, pets that get lost and have no form of identification on them are extremely difficult to locate and reunite with their owners. In fact, many cities have laws that require pet identification. It is a terrible experience to be separated from a beloved pet, and far too many who find themselves lost never find their way back home. Often, in these cases, pets end up being re-homed, fostered or put into shelters. Don’t let this happen to you and your pet!
Sometimes, no matter how careful we are or how much we plan ahead, the unexpected can still pop up, including emergency events. We recommend that all pet owners put Pet Alert stickers on their front doors or in their windows for those unexpected times. Each sticker should say that you have pets inside of your home and how many. These stickers are important because they alert emergency personnel, like the fire department, that your pet is in the home with you and that they, too, need to be looked out for. You can purchase these alert stickers through the ASPCA as well as through other online retailers, like Amazon.
As with anything, you should always plan for the unexpected, and when it comes to your pet’s health, you might consider getting pet insurance. This kind of coverage can help you pay for care should your pet ever become unexpectedly ill or injured. Some pet care plans even cover routine checkups.
If your pet goes outdoors to play in your yard, be sure to routinely check and repair places that they might be able to escape (or get stuck). Check fences, gates, crawl spaces, vents, etc. The last thing you want is for your pet to be wandering the streets where they could get into something (like poisonous foods, for example), get hit by a car, attacked by another animal or worse.
Of course, no one wants to think of a time when they’re unable to be with their pet, but it is a possible reality that we all must face, whether you become seriously ill, displaced from your home or otherwise. It’s a smart idea to have a designated caretaker in place, ready to take care of your furry loved one(s) just in case something happens to you. This ensures that your pet doesn’t end up in a shelter or, worse, on the streets.
Don’t let the unexpected catch you and your pets off-guard. A few simple considerations and a bit of planning can help to ensure your pet’s future and your peace of mind.