You never know what life might decide to throw at you, one day you might have an accident and need to spend a few days in the hospital, and if something like this were to happen, who would look after your pet?
Don’t worry, because we’ve outlined our best recommendations below to make sure that, if accidents do happen, you won’t need to worry about your pet being in the best hands when you can’t be there. Here are our top tips for preparing for an emergency.
It can always be a safe contingency plan to rely on your family in an emergency, asking your children, nephews/nieces, grand children or brothers/sisters to assist when an emergency comes up can be great to help ease your pet’s fears. Make sure that your family members know how to feed your dog, any medication or special treatments it might require and make sure your dog is familiar with the new carer. Not only will your dog appreciate it, they'll also think of it as a little vacation, and you will only need to worry about the emergency at hand.
Neighbours and Community Programs
There are some fantastic resources available out there for seniors when emergencies do strike. Get involved with your local community to learn what kind of supports the local community clubs and businesses offer to senior citizens.
If your dog is very low maintenance, consider setting up an emergency plan with your neighbours. If you can’t be home for any reason, educate them on how to take care of your dog by visiting and feeding your pet while you’re away.
Have you ever considered boarding your pet? Professional boarding services take your pet into a stress-free environment and can take care of your beloved pet until you’re feeling better. If a family member or neighbour is unable to look after your pet, they may be able to assist in getting your pet booked into a professional pet boarding company.
Start a Manual for Your Pet
If your pet has an emergency you can’t attend to, it will be extremely helpful for friends and family to know how to support your pet in the best way possible. Here is the information we recommend preparing and storing somewhere easily found (such as on the refrigerator):
- Pet’s name
- Local Vet
- Food preference
- Feeding times
- Favourite toys
- Daily play or walk schedule