Keep your veterinary records:
Paper, paper, paper. Medical records, tax returns, bank statements. If you’re bogged down with paper, you may think that veterinary records are just another way to add to the looming pile. However, they’re some of the most important records you’ll ever keep!
If you didn’t keep the vet records, imagine for a moment how lost you and mainly your pet would be in case of emergency disaster. Who would know the last time your pet was vaccinated? What if your pet gets lost? What if records were shredded and you didn’t know the last time your pet had a rabies shot? How would you know the medical history of your pet without the vet records especially if you switched vets? Experts agree: it’s important to keep all vet records in a safe place and readily available.
One way, however, to decrease the amount of paperwork is utilizing our online service where you can enter your pet’s vet records. Membership allows you to view all the information you entered, including the vet records as well as chip numbers, date of birth and type of pet. This is private to the pet owner/member. You can enter as much or as little information as you wish though it is helpful to have the information at your fingertips. For instance, through the Lost and Found program if a pet is checked as lost and found, the public sees some of the basic information.
Another reason to keep your vet records is for doggie day care. Typically it’s part of the application form. Many day cares require seeing vet records which indicate your dog has had his/her rabies vaccine and dhlpp (distemper combo.) These vaccines need to be kept current within the year. Most day cares also require the kennel cough vaccine (bordetella.) Bordetella is required to have been given within the last 6 months. Hand written records cannot be accepted, yet another reason for maintaining your vet records.
As you provide a safe and secure environment for your dog, it’s critical to maintain your pet’s veterinarian records. At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ health and well being. For more information about vet records and to read more about The Dog Bowl's lost and found program click here.