It’s not something people like to think about often, but what would happen to your pet if you were incapacitated or unable to care for them?
Just like children, animals need constant care, love, and attention. Without those things, the animals can suffer- get into things they shouldn’t, get sick, or even disappear.
Even if you’re healthy and certain that you’re not going anywhere, there are steps that you can (and perhaps should) do to ensure that your pets will be cared for in the event of an emergency. At Raleigh Pet Sitters, we know your pets mean the world to you, and we want them to be healthy and happy, just like you do.
6 Ways to Make Sure Your Pets are Cared for in an Emergency
- Keep a Pet Alert Card With You. If something happens to you when you’re out running errands, or away from home for any reason, it’s important that people know you have pets to check in on. One way to make sure this happens is to keep a note or card in your wallet that lists the pets you have at home and includes the contact info for people who can and are willing to care for your pets.
- Make Sure Someone Can Safely Access Your Home. It helps to have at least two people who have access to your home and can go get your pets or arrange care if you’ll be away for an extended period of time.
- Keep Detailed Records on Your Pet’s Health, Habits, and Vet. You probably know your pet’s likes and dislikes, habits, and medical history inside and out. It’s probably safe to say that someone else in your life doesn’t know these things. That’s why it’s important to record these things and make it easy for anyone who takes charge of your pets in an emergency to learn these things.
- Have a Disaster Kit for Your Pet. You probably have a 72 hour kit for yourself and the human members of your family, but it’s important to remember your pets in that kind of preparation too. Make sure you have water, food, and medications on hand that your pet might need in an emergency.
- Make sure the Individual or Organization You’ve Selected Can Take Your Animals. Designating a caregiver isn’t enough. You need to make sure that the person you want to care for your furry family members are willing and able to do it. If you’re choosing an organization (or even an individual) you’ll want to talk with them ahead of time and make sure they know what you’re planning and why. Give them the opportunity to say no, and be willing to change your plans if needed.
- Consider pet insurance. Just like for humans, unexpected medical issues can be complicated and costly, especially if it’s a condition like cancer or a chronic condition that cannot be cured. Pet insurance is an expense up front, but if your pet has a medical issue, it might help to lessen the burden (on you, or the caregiver you’ve designated.)
At Raleigh Pet Sitters, we understand that life throws you curve balls at the strangest times, but we can make your life easier. Our pet sitting services (and overnight care) include a bit of housekeeping and lots of attention for your furry friend.
Contact us to schedule your pet sitting service today and give your dog something to bark about!