A short guide to help you get organised

We all start a new year with lots of hope and great intentions. Life happens, and time goes by faster than we would like it to. Don’t get caught off guard as a pet parent. Take a few minutes and plan ahead for this year to ensure that you stay on top of it all. To make it a little easier for you, we have a planner for you to download where you can make a few notes. There are various apps available online that can also help you diarise certain tasks.

 

Beginning of 2023

It doesn’t matter how you have done things in the past, you can always strive to be a better pet owner. Start this year by committing to keeping your pet as healthy as possible.

First aid kit Go through all the items in the first aid kit to ensure that nothing has expired and that everything is still in good working condition.

See the vet Your pet has to see the vet at least once a year for a proper health check. By being proactive, your vet might pick up a health issue before it is too late. Remember that if your pet is a senior animal, he will have to see the vet twice a year.

Vaccinations While you are seeing the vet, ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. You can discuss any concerns with your vet, but remember that prevention is definitely better than cure.

Microchip check Ask your vet to check that your pet’s microchip is still intact and working properly. Also, make sure that the contact information is up to date.

Medical insurance This is the perfect time to update all the information and ensure that your pet is still sufficiently covered. Remember that certain insurance companies don’t cover senior pets, so find out exactly what your pet is still covered for.

 

Every month or so

Before you know it, another month has gone by and if you haven’t made a note of it, you might forget to do it.

Ticks and fleas You have to treat your pet against ticks and fleas. Some products last 30 days, whereas others may last longer. It is up to you to decide, based on your budget and personal preferences, which to choose.

Do you want to read the rest of the article? Get your copy of the February 2023 edition of Animaltalk magazine from retailers now, or order a digital or printed copy from www.coolmags.co.za.

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