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My dog, Puff, is part of the family. How can I organize all of his information easily?

#1 Begin at the Beginning
From the first moment you get your pet, you need to document what shots it has had and what it will need in the future. Make notes about your conversations with the doctor. And pay attention to your animal’s behavior and document any major changes in that behavior. Remember that your animal cannot tell you if he/she feels bad. You will need to learn the clues, such as a drop in intake or output, and then be able to tell the veterinarian exactly what has been going on.

#2 Easy Access for All
Make sure you are prepared for the unexpected emergency trips. Research pet sitters and/or kennels and note their numbers for easy access. Keeping this information in your Pet Doc will not only make it easier, faster and less stressful in a time of emergency but will also allow you to hand off this one file to your sitter or kennel keeper. This way, if there is a problem with your little friend, all the information needed to handle it—other sitters or kennels as well as medical information—will be at their disposal.

#3 Better Safe than Sorry

Make note of any food brands that have been proven to be unsafe. I know it seems that when you hear it in the news, you will never forget. But what happens in six months or two years from now when your preferred food goes off the market? You are going to want to be sure that you are getting something safe and the only way to do that is to be able to look over your notes.

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