Importance of keeping your Pet’s Records

Importance of keeping your Pet’s Records -
Just like you would have all the paperwork of your children right from the time they are born, in the same way, a pet parent should have all the paperwork of their pet from the time they were born including the growing up years and so on. Right from their birth and registration, to vaccines, deworming, heat and menstruation cycles, last vet visit, microchipped or not, last stay at a pet boarding, all these things add up to vital information required not only by vets but also by an alert pet parent.

Vaccinations & Parent’s Health History

Vaccinations are the most important part of your pet’s life and play a major role in keeping them healthy and safe from most diseases. Vaccinations and basics like age, color, breed, gender, DOB of the pet are usually endorsed in pet passports also known as vaccination cards.

Make sure that you have complete medical records of every veterinary visit from your pet’s birth onward. It should not only include the date of the visit and a record of basics, such as weight and vaccination history, but should also include a thorough record of any medications prescribed, surgeries, and hospital visits. If your pet needs tests or blood work administered by the veterinarian, there should be both a record of that test being performed and the outcome of those tests. If you have got your pup/kitten from a breeder/friend, make sure that you have their parent’s health and breeding history.

If you have adopted a pet, it is all the more vital to start keeping records about breed, age, weight, temperament and vaccinations and deworming. This helps in case you are changing owners, changing veterinarians or even shifting to a new city. It also helps in emergency situations when you happen to travel and need to keep your pet at a boarding or with a pet-sitter. Most pet boardings require upfront information about a pet’s vaccination and deworming schedule before taking a pet in. Only with proper records and vaccination history, a vet can issue a fit to fly or fit to travel certificate just in case you need to travel with your fur-buddy via rail or air.

In some cities it is mandatory to register your pet with the local municipal body, hence all the more important to save all the records.

Deworming & Vaccination Schedule

3-5 weeks - First Deworming
6-7 weeks - First Combination Injection (all in one)
9-10 weeks - Second Combination Injection
12-13 weeks - Third combination injection if required + ARV vaccine
16 weeks: Fourth vaccination is the ARV vaccine and at this age the pups can venture out of the house.
7-8 months - Pup can be spayed/neutered and microchipped & should be tested for heartworm.
1 year - Yearly wellness exams + ARV vaccine + leptospirosis, bordetella and the distemper/parvo vaccines.

Being updated on current deworming schedules, vaccines and annual physical exams allows early detection of disease and/or infection. As a responsible pet parent, you should also keep records of your pet’s diet, weight, exercise schedule as these help to track all the important milestones in your pet’s life. Make notes of any allergies that you notice and ensure that you continue with regular vet visits for your pet. Our pets are like our very own babies that require as much attention and care as human babies would. If we bring a pet home, it should be with complete responsibility and commitment to stand by each other through all odds.

P.S: Make 2 copies of your pet’s records and also choose 2 furry godparents for your doggo/catto. Also, add your vet’s contact number/clinic details to the records.

If you have missed any vaccinations for your pet or are unsure about their vaccination or deworming schedule, do reach out to us on +91 8431620000 and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.