If you had to get your dog’s records right now, will you be able to find and retrieve them without any difficulty? While we all probably have a system for keeping track of family documents or stow them at the bank, many of us are not so organized when it comes to our dog’s information.
It’s a good idea to have all of your dog’s important records in one place so you can locate them with ease anytime when needed. So what documents are we talking about here? One significant item is your dog’s American Kennel Club registration if he is a pedigree. Your pet’s genealogy has historical value, just like your family ancestry. And should you lose the papers, you can still access the information as long as you have the registration number.
Other records that you might want or need to access quickly are:
* Medical history
* Licensing information
* Proof of ownership
* Breeding details
* Adoption papers including all prior history
* Insurance policy details
* Veterinarian contact information
* Emergency backup vet contact info
There are many reasons why you should keep your dog’s information organized. Some of these documents are required for international travel. If you relocate, it will be beneficial to be able to provide your new vet with your pet’s complete health and vaccination history. If you become ill or incapacitated, your dog’s records will prove helpful to the kind soul who takes care of your pooch for you.
You might also want to have a notebook where you can record information about your dog’s general well-being. List names of medications and details of dosage. Note any significant health issues or allergies. Enter upcoming appointments. Write down details of your dog’s rabies vaccination certificate and spay/neuter information. If he attends training classes, you can make notes to keep track of his progress.
If provisions have been made for your pooch in a will, write this down, too. Include a picture of him in the record for identification purposes.
Lastly, let your other family members know where your pet’s information is kept, as they might need to retrieve it and add data as well.