Helping Others Care for Your Pets

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. November 21, 2016

Helping Others Care for Your Pets

 

This holiday season, let’s get into planning mode and consider what would happen if you did fall in your home or had a serious accident that would prohibit you from caring for your pets.

First question: Have you designated someone to care for your pets? If not, then please do so now. Talk with your designee to be sure that they are fully committed to becoming the guardian for your beloved dog or cat or other pets if you die or become incapacitated. You can even make it legal with a Pet Directive.

Second question: Will your designated pet guardian know how to care for your pets? Not unless you tell them and even then, it may be hard to remember the details. What kind of food do they eat, when do they eat, and how much? Where do they sleep, when and with what or whom? When and where do they go bathroom? Who is their veterinarian, groomer and boarder? Do they have any unique fears or anxieties? Do they have certain activities or toys that they love? Are they on medications?

Under any circumstances, it will be difficult for your designated guardian to remember all of the details about caring for your pet.

So – as a holiday present to you, your pet and your pet’s designated guardian, Safety In Place has developed a free, fillable form called “Care Information for Your Pets”.

You can complete the form in two ways:

  1. Open the form, print it out and fill in the blanks with pen or pencil
  2. Open the form, click on each highlighted area and type in your response, then name and save the file on your computer.

During the upcoming holiday season, email the saved file and hand a paper copy to your designated pet guardian. Review the form with the guardian and be sure that everything is clear. If not, or if circumstances change with your pet, then you can always revise and resend the form. The form can also be useful for your in-home pet sitters.

This holiday season – give yourself a present – peace of mind that if something happens to you, that you have designated a guardian who will know how to care for your pets.




Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.

Author

Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.




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