Getting Your Pets Organized
In this busy, fast paced day in age, it is important to stay organized and remove the clutter that can consume our lives. It is just as important to get our pets organized, too. I recently wrote a blog about being prepared for emergencies, and I mentioned that you should have all your pets information readily available to quickly take with you.
Not only will having your pet's information be helpful during an emergency, it will also be helpful for visits to your vet, events, training classes, and other pet-related things.
Here are some helpful tips on how to get your pets organized.
Choose a format that fits your style
Records and other information can be organized in different ways such as:
- Digitally. Do this through your computer, phone, iPad, etc. While this may be handy, there are some disadvantages such as potential inaccessibility or running out of power. Also, sometimes a hard copy of the information is required. It is a good idea to at least have a digital back up copy of your records.
- In a binder. This is nice, portable, organized, and protective. Be careful, though, as sometimes paper in binders can tear loose or fold. To avoid this, consider page protectors or heavy-weight paper as well as hole punch reinforcements. You may also want to protect your information by using a zip-up binder, or making a pouch to keep it in.
- In file folders. This is nice because you can keep it in a filing cabinet. However, it is not as secure as some other options.
- In an index card file. This keeps your information contained and organized, but it limits you to written information. This format may also be difficult for keeping photocopies.
- In a record-keeping book. You can find one of these at your local bookstore. However, with these you cannot add pages.
What I did
I chose to keep my pets information in a binder. Here is how I did it:
- I bought a bright, colorful binder and quality page protectors. The design and color is unique and easy for me to differentiate from other binders that I might be using.
- I added a tab index that helps separate different sections for easy reference
- I kept information in page protectors and placed them in the binder under the correct tab index. This way I didn't need to punch holes and could update info easily.
- Now, I keep my binder accessible for emergencies or even just a visit to the vet
Info to keep track of
- Veterinary information
- Information on kennels and pet sitters
- Microchip information
- Training class certificates
- Service or Therapy dog documentation (if it applies)
- Proof of vaccinations
- Pictures of your pet(s)
- If you are a breeder, provide extra info. New owners appreciate this.
Since I've taken the time to put my pet's binder together (which only took me an hour or so) I have felt relieved knowing that everything for all my pets is so easily accessible. So get busy and get your pets organized! Once you do, you too will heave a sigh of relief.