Certainly, pets can bring us endless joy. Often our pets are part of our everyday lives and part of our families. We care for them and protect them.
Many studies are also linking ownership of pets to improved wellbeing and health.
”Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults.” – HelpGuide
However, owning a pet is no walk in the park and comes with a lot of responsibilities. Caring for them is a 24/7 job and often requires a lot of attention and money. They depend on us to look after them to get meals, healthcare and a home for life.
Wellbeing Of Your Pets Is Completely In Your Hands!
Owning a pet it’s a great privilege which also provides an owner with legal duties under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (applicable to England and Wales) to protect the welfare of animals.
Owners are responsible for taking care of their pets to ensure that the following basic needs are met:
- The need for a suitable environment and diet.
- The need to exhibit normal behavioural patterns.
- The need to be housed with or apart from other animals.
- Protection from pain, suffering and disease.
Have you ever consider but what would happen if you were suddenly not able to look after your pets?
Is there someone you could rely on to take care of your pets?
Would they know what to do?
Would they know where to find your pet healthcare information?
That’s why it’s very important to have a care instruction plan for your pets in place to ensure that they will continue to receive the same type of care as currently.
Start planning an action plan today! Make sure your beloved pets are cared for.
Here’s what you should consider sharing:
- Type of Pet: (dog, cat) + specific breed
- Veterinarian Contact Info
- Microchip ID
- Special Needs
- Special Diet Requirements,
- Behaviour Habits
- Favourite Activities/Toys/Treats
- Pet Insurance Info (If applicable)
- Medical History
- Pet Owner Information
- Caregiver Information (name, contact, address, phone number)
Fortunately, there are also many organisations and charities that can help too.
You can contact:
The Cinnamon Trust – ”The only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved, much-needed companion animals.”
RSPCA – ”The Home for Life scheme means that, in the event that your pet outlives you, we’ll care for them, then do all we can to find them a happy home and someone special to look after them.”
Borrowmydoggy – ”Find a trusted local dog lover to take care of your dog when you can’t.”
DogBuddy – ”DogBuddy is now part of Rover. Founded in 2011, Rover is the world’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.”
With pets being high on the Christmas list it is necessary to recognise duties which come with the ownership. Consider how well would you fulfil all your obligations as a pet owner.
Think seriously about how life will change once you have a pet.
Remember: Your Pets Are Yours For Life
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