Cats and Ticks

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 04:02 PM

For a long time, ticks were just a small, localized problem. Very few regions suffered from significant tick populations. However, ticks are now more wildly spread, and they are causing problems for cat owners all over. Not only are they everywhere, the climate of many places mean that ticks are a problem year round. All it takes is four degrees above zero for ticks to be an active problem for you and your pets.

SN_2-1.jpgFleas and Ticks

Many pet owners have dealt with fleas in the past. They are small creatures that make your pet very uncomfortable and carry a host of different diseases. Fleas can live for a great deal of time, even when owners are actively treating the animal. As such, it is important that the treatment happens on two fronts. The animal itself must be treated and so must the area the animal resides in.

Ticks are a little bit different in their life cycle. Unfortunately, while ticks are unlikely to infest your house, it only takes one tick to cause major illnesses. The main concern with ticks is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a significant illness, which, when untreated, can cause a host of substantial symptoms. It is also very difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms vary greatly from case to case.

Prevention of Fleas and Ticks on Cats

Currently there are only a few products that are labeled for safe treatment against ticks in cats - They usually also deal with fleas very well. These preventative treatments are typically topical solutions that are applied to the back of your cat's neck. The duration of treatment options ranges from one to three months. Make sure you avoid products containing permethrin as they are very toxic to cats. Talk to your veterinarian to find the best flea and tick prevention for your kitty.

Staying Safe by Checking for Ticks

With the risk of Lyme disease being so extreme, taking extra steps to protect you, your family, and your pets is recommended. The ticks can sneak into your pet’s fur, leaving it plenty of time to latch onto anyone in your household. While preventative treatments provide protection for your pet, the tick can still infiltrate your home. To prevent this hidden threat, look through your pet’s fur every day.

Your cat is going to be at a lower risk than a dog who is regularly exploring the woods. However, they are still at risk no matter how little exposure they receive. If your cat is regularly out in the woods, more caution is required. 

Fleas are uncomfortable, infest your home, and can transmit a number of diseases. Ticks also transmit diseases between animals and humans. Of these diseases, Lyme disease is a significant concern. To protect your health, and the health of your pets, be sure to take the right preventative measures. A topical application gives your cat the protection they deserve from both ticks and fleas.

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End of life decision making

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

pets_wide-af65d25cd6980441331f3eae6f52334d1aa7d74f.jpgPets quickly become a cherished member of the family and it can be hard to imagine life without them. However, part of life is aging and pets generally have much shorter lives than their owners. When the time comes to make a decision for your pet, it's never going to be easy. But you can move forward with peace of mind that you did the right thing if you follow certain signs and do the right amount of research. The day will be hard, but in the end, euthanizing your pet can be what's best for everyone involved. When considering whether euthanasia is the right direction for your family and your pet, think of the items in their life like a pyramid and use these tips to help you make the agonizing decision.

Emotional Aspects

The emotional involvement of your pet is at the top of the pyramid. It will help make a small portion of the decision. Ask yourself if your pet still has their dignity. Can they go to the bathroom on their own and eat alone or do they need help with some of the most basic items? Do they seem lax in their will to live or are they still looking for attention and acting like themselves? These emotional items will tell you a little more about what your pet might want if they could talk to you.

Social Elements

You know what your pet is like when they are healthy. How they act socially will tell you a lot about the direction you should take. Does your pet still engage with your family and play? Do they want to have pets and cuddles like they used to? Are they engaged with the other pets in your house if you have them? Pets who show some social engagement are healthier and in a better place than those who don't. If your pet is pulling back in a social way, they may be nearing the end of their time with you.

Pain Management

The bottom part of the pyramid is the largest portion and a big deciding factor as to what you need to do with your pet. You want your pet to be happy and healthy, but when they're not, you want to ensure that they aren't in any pain, if at all possible. Take a look at their mobility and hygiene. Are they able to keep clean like they used to and get around as needed? Are they safe or are they stumbling and stairs becoming a danger to them? Sometimes you can tell a pet is in pain because of the way they act and other times, they suffer silently. The best thing you can do when it comes to pain is consult with your vet. They are experts in the field and can tell you what your pet may be experiencing. The last thing you want is for your pet to suffer and if it is evident they are and there's no end in sight, you will know what to do.

Every pet is an individual and an important member of your family. No two pets are alike and there is no one right answer when it comes to the end of their life. If you are able to take a look at the emotional, social, and physical pyramid and fill in the gaps, you will better be able to come up with an answer that will give you peace of mind about the direction you take with your pet.

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The Danger of Essential Oils

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 08:35 AM

christin-hume-505815-unsplash.jpgEssential oils are nothing new - they've been around for years, but more and more these days these essential oils are showing up in the news because of incidents regarding children. Children are at risk when it comes to ingesting essential oils, but so are pets!

If you use essential oils in your home, that's fine, but it's also important to keep your pets safe by following the rules below. These rules are primarily for essential oils.

Essential Oils Can Be Toxic

Aromatherapy for humans uses essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere to calm people, take away headaches, reduce stress, etc. Unfortunately, if your pet gets into contact with these essential oils they can also become really sick. Make sure that if you use these oils at home that you keep your animals away from them. Pets should not lick, smell or eat these oils and they definitely shouldn't come into contact with them in terms of getting the oils on their feet, in their eyes, or on their skin.

Essential Oils Can Be irritants

As you probably know animals, especially dogs, and cats have a heightened sense of smell, more so than humans. Because of this some scents may become overpowering to them and cause irritations to the inside of their nose or eyes. Beyond just being able to smell better than humans do, dogs and cats have a more sensitive respiratory system than we do as well, which is why essential oils are NOT recommended around pets.

Pet Aromatherapy vs Human

If you visit your local pet shop or favorite online store you might see these pet aromatherapy products for pets, the pet variations are greatly diluted which does make them safer for animals. It's still a good idea to talk to your veterinarian though before using any oils on your pet. And never ever use these oils on open wounds, scratched skin, irritated skin, broken skin, etc.

Never apply human aromatherapy oils to your animal as these compounds can quickly be absorbed into the skin and go into the bloodstream to cause possible issues to your dog's organs.

Liquid Potpourri

Potpourri has long been touted as the perfect way to make your home smell nice. And while this is true, it can also lead to serious problems for your pets, especially when it comes to liquid potpourri which is made from essential oils and cationic detergents. These ingredients can cause chemical burns on the face, mouth or in the eyes. Not to mention the pure heat that comes from a pot of liquid potpourri can cause burns - or even death.

Keep your animals away from liquid potpourri and away from the stove or oven while it’s on. If your pet does accidentally come into contact with liquid potpourri, essential oils or any other type of harmful liquid, bath them immediately using a hand-safe natural dishwashing agent and call the veterinarian just in case.

While humans might find benefits in using essential oils, they are simply not made for pets, especially if they are not meant for pets or they are not diluted properly. If there ever comes a time when you want to try aromatherapy for pets on your animal, always make sure that you talk to your veterinarian first before using it on the animal.

Your veterinarian is more experienced and has more knowledge on this and therefore can offer a heads up on any issues you might see if you use the product, symptoms to look out for, and what to do in case of an emergency regarding your pet and these caustic liquids.

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Convenient Cat Carriers and Cat Carrier tips

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 07:44 AM

cats.jpgLet's be honest, cats do not like being caged up. But, if you have a cat and you need to transport them from one place to another; your safest bet is going to be to place them in a cat carrier. If your little guy or girl is feisty or you have a hard time quieting them down and making them comfortable, here are a few tips for cat carriers. There is also a section on choosing the best carrier for your cat.

Choosing Your Carrier Wisely

Its important and should go without saying; when you are transporting your cat, he or she should always be in a real carrier. Not some made up design like a box or a pillowcase or a laundry basket not only can these hurt the cat, but they can also traumatize them. Acceptable carriers will come in 1 of 2 designs; soft and plush or a hard plastic material on the outside and a soft material on the inside for comfort.

Plastic carriers are good for people that are newer to cats, but make sure you get one that opens from the top and the front.

Softer carriers, usually made from a softer plastic or fabric are much less weight and easier to handle. But, these tend to open from the sides.

Get Them Used To It

One of the best ways to get a cat into a carrier and have them not be so scared is by allowing them to get used to it before you put them in it. Like any other living (even humans) we don't necessarily like being placed into situations we've never been into before. Because of this, you and your cat will benefit from leaving the carrier out in the open. Allow them to smell it, sit by it, lay by it, etc.

Treats Are Good!

If you have a particularly feisty cat, but you also have a cat that loves treats, why not use a positive to make a negative a little more attractive? You can place a few treats inside the carrier while the cat is in it or even place treats in it while you are having them get used to it. This will allow them to see that a carrier is nothing to get frightened or panicked about.

Use Scent For Comfort

Cats, like dogs, rely on scent. If a cat (or a dog) smells its Master in the carrier, they will feel less panicked and more relaxed. Think about sleeping with an old shirt for a few days and then placing it in the carrier for transport. Likewise, if they have another animal in the house that they know and love you can place one of their toys in the carrier. You can also utilize a pheromone spray such as Feliway to help them feel calm, spray about 30 minutes before travel to help with their trip, you can get this from your veterinarian.

General Tips

Like any animal, cats can have accidents if they get frightened because of this here are a few more transportation tips for carriers:

- Place a towel in the carrier just in case they have any accidents

- Pick the cat up from above and place him or her gingerly into the carrier. This keeps them feeling safe, but it also keeps you from getting scratched!

- Make sure you never unzip or unlock the carrier on a busy road.

- To get your cat used to the carrier, its a good idea to also drive on very short trips to and from point A and point B in the carrier, just to let them get used to it.

No matter what type of carrier you choose, just make sure it's easily accessible by you and the cat and that it’s comfortable.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 02:54 PM

Very few people that have pets just consider them to be animals. Most people that have pets consider them to be a part of the family! When a person has a pet; whether it be something common like a dog, cat, bird, or a more exotic animal, you can be pawsitively sure that if you get them something pet related they will be over the moon happy! Here are a few Christmas gift ideas for pet lovers.

Breed Poem Pillow

Pet-Pedigree-Pillow-front-and-back-Airedale-cropped-650.jpgThese cute pillows show the dog’s breed on the front of the pillow along with the breed’s name. On the back, their breed name is spelled out and each word represents a line of a poem. These are really neat, and if you can find someplace that makes custom pillows, you could even put their pets name on, instead of their breed type. Image source:

Dishwasher Safe Bowls

Stoneware is one of the best materials for pet bowls because they can go right in the dishwasher and you can be sure that there are no harsh chemicals in the stoneware. There are some really neat ones with pictures of dogs on them - words like devour and drink, and also solid colors with no words and no images.

Ombre Rope Leashes

il_340x270.1166199695_qrcn.jpgThese leashes are not nylon - they are rope. They use a customizable ombre design - which is a gradual blending of one color hue to another. The leash could start out at salmon red and gradually go from rose to pink, to cream. They're really cool looking!. These come in every color under the sun, and different rope lengths. Image source: 

Humorous Door Mats

Thanks to websites like Etsy and Artfire, people all over the Internet are introducing items they can hand make for you. These doormats are usually pretty humorous and they come in different colors and sizes. "Make No Bones About It" with a picture of a dog holding a bone, and "We Like Big Mutts .. and we cannot lie" are just two of many options!

Breed ID Kit

When these first came out they were only meant for humans. Over the past few years though, more companies are coming out with Breed and DNA kits for animals This is a really fun gift if your friend or loved one wants to know the exact breed of their dog and the different personality traits, health concerns, and activity levels each breed has.

Custom Keychains

You simply tell the creator the dog’s name and what type of dog, and they use a material like metal or wood to cut the template out and attach a keyring to it. These also come in different sizes, and some creators will also add textures or words to the keychain.

Water-Resistant Dog Coat

Since it is a Christmas gift, you could also consider getting their pet a water-resistant doggy coat. It keeps the dog warm and dry, but it's also super stylish! These come in many different colors.

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Another very cute idea is to find someone that makes custom mugs. The artist would then make a sketch of the pet and put it on the mug. Depending on the artist you use, they will have different styles of drawing the pet. Image source: 

A Donation To A Local Shelter

A lot of shelters run on donations alone. Every pet they have they have to feed, house, give medical checkups, keep active, etc. This can become really expensive. If you really want to give your giftee a gift they will love, donate money to a local shelter in their name.


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Litterbox training tips

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Dec 05, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

two cats shutterstock.jpgOwning a cat can be a very rewarding and fun experience. But, if you've never owned a cat, you may be unsure how to train a cat to go in a litterbox - this can be a confusing time for you. If you want to make sure your cat uses the litterbox, here are a few tips to consider.

Low Sides

Chances are you will need 2 different types of litterboxes from the time you own a kitten until the time it grows to an adult cat. For kittens; make sure you get a box that is lower to the ground and has lower sides. Making it difficult for a kitten to be able to use a litterbox is one of the biggest mistakes people make.

Number Of Litterboxes

The rule of thumb is that if you have more than one cat, you need to add on a litterbox for every cat. So if you have 2 cats, you need 3 litterboxes, if you have 3 cats you need 4 and so on and so forth. Cats are extremely picky and when they have to go; they have to go! The last thing they want is a box that is stinky or worse - another cat just used.

Box Locations

Litterboxes can really be placed anywhere, but the place you choose should be somewhat quiet. Cats tend to be skittish and really curious so if you put a litterbox in a laundry room with a water heater that is really loud, they either won't use it or will take a very long time getting used to it. Accidents can happen because of this.

Show Them Where The Box Is

This sounds kind of funny, but cats are incredibly instinctual and very smart. When you bring your cat home for the first time, he or she will probably hide a lot. But if there is one specific place they tend to stand or sleep - put the box in this location. Don't worry though, you won't have to leave the litterbox here forever, eventually when your cat learns to use it and what it's for - you can move the litterbox and they will move with it.

You can also take extra care by placing them in the litterbox after naps, meals or after playing for the first week or so. This will also kick in that instinctual trait.

Keep The Box Clean

A plastic litterbox is one of the easiest materials for humans to have for a litterbox. They are easy to clean and should be cleaned once a week with soap and water. Daily, however, you should be scooping the litterbox. Again, cats are very picky so if you have a litterbox that is full, they probably wouldn't want to go in. Can you blame them?

Pay Attention To What Your Cat Is Telling You

If your little guy or girl is skittish around the box - pay attention to the noises in the room. Is there a noise he or she doesn't like? Watch them from afar when they get in their litterbox. Do they scratch at it and stay in or do they scratch at it and jump out with the look of disgust?

Paying attention to what your cat is telling you because chances are they are letting you know whether they are happy and content or not.

Beyond just the litterbox itself, consider what you are putting in it. Usually cats don't like the perfume smell of litter. They usually prefer a non-scented litter. Cats are very sensitive not only to sounds, but smells too.

If you still have more questions on litter box training your kitten's initial appointment (around 8 weeks of age) is a wonderful opportunity to talk to your veterinarian.  We've put together a helpful checklist to get you ready for your first or any veterinary visit, download it here.

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Why I love the app

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 07:03 AM

You'll love the new app for Halifax Veterinary Hospital. It makes staying in touch with your Veterinarian & setting up your next visit so simple. Not only can you create appointments, get records, and see live updates on your pet's health --- you can also take advantage of the rewards program.

It's easy to see why you will love all the convenience of this app.

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Making an appointment on the App is quick and simple. Just chose the service you need and select the open time that best suits your schedule. The app keeps track of your upcoming appointments and sends you reminders. Then you come to the office during the time that you chose.

After your appointment is complete the app continues to help keep you organized. It tracks any prescriptions or medications that your pet receives during their visit!

Then it will remind you when it is time to order or pick up your refill. You can also set it to remind you when to give your pet their medications. Which is particularly useful when it comes to non daily medications like flea or heartworm preventatives.

When You're Away

When you drop your pet off for a longer visit, you won't be out of contact. Halifax Veterinary Hospital uses the app to stay in touch with you. Instead of wondering how your pet is doing or waiting for a phone call you will get updates directly from the vet! You can also receive selfies of your pet while they are with the vet. So you will always know exactly how they are doing while you are away.

Even when you are apart, you can still:

  • See Pictures of your pet
  • Get updates from your Veterinarian
  • Manage bios for each of your pets
  • Share information with your family

A Special Loyalty Program

Every time you visit Halifax Veterinary Hospital you'll earn rewards that you can use on future visits. The app tracks them for you and lets you redeem your rewards! And if your reward needs an appointment to fulfill, you can use the app to book that appointment at the same time.

The app will also let you know of special offers from Halifax Veterinary Hospital. Even while you are earning new rewards, you can take advantage of deals or promotions that are being offered. So whether it is a discount on your next visit or a special pet day book reading, you will never miss it with the app.

All of Your Information In One Place

You'll love never having to worry about your information. Once you download and sign up with the app, all of your information is stored on a cloud. If anything ever happens to your phone or tablet then all of your pet's information is still safe. Your history, appointments, rewards, reminders, pictures, and alerts are kept safe for you.

You will never need to worry about losing your information! Just reload the app if you get a new phone or upgrade.

Easy and Convenient

It is easy to see why you will love this new app for the Halifax Veterinary Hospital. With a swipe of your finger you can book appointments, stay up to date on your family pets, and be ready for your next pet visit. And with reminders you'll never wonder when to give your pet their next dose of medication again!

So don't forget to download the app today and start earning your rewards. You'll love the convenience and how easy it is to stay in touch with your Veterinarian.

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What we want you to know about fees

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 07:33 AM

You’re looking for information online for pricing on your next Veterinary visit. But you can’t find a price list anywhere! You even looked around the waiting room the last time you visited the Veterinarian and couldn't find anything.

Don’t worry, there is a good reason why you can’t find pricing online or even in a brochure at the Halifax Veterinary Hospital.

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The best Veterinarians in Canada are a part of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

The CVMA provides:

  • Resources for Training
  • Sets Veterinary Standards
  • A Network of Excellent Veterinarians
  • Better Medical Care for All Pets

Since joining the CVMA, the Halifax Veterinary Hospital has had access to all of these resources. It has been a tremendous help in treating your pets and ensuring the best care possible.

While being a part of this Association continues to benefit you when you visit the Halifax Veterinary Hospital, membership with the CVMA does include requirements.

One of the requirements to be a part of the CVMA is that all Veterinarians members must follow the CVMA’s Ethical Guidelines. In addition to best care for both clients & patients, one of the guidelines includes not posting pricing for procedures or visits.

While this may seem odd at first, it is for a very good reason.

Better Care for All Pets

Being able to work with, rely on, and refer other Veterinarians that may have more expertise with a treatment or breed of pet is one of the largest benefits of being a member of the CVMA.

When your Veterinarian needs help to ensure that your pet has the best care possible they can call on another member of the CVMA. Because the CVMA Veterinarian that is helping has sworn to the highest standard of medical care, you can trust that they are putting the needs of your pet first.

By not posting prices online or in their offices, CVMA Veterinarians are placing the care of your pet before any price competition with other Veterinarians. This keeps Veterinarians from competing for patient business based on lowest price. Without that competition, they are better able to work together & focus on providing the best care for your pet.

Simply Call for Pricing

The CVMA doesn’t only work to create a better environment for Veterinarians to work together. They also work to protect your rights. Among many others, one of your rights is to know the cost of care before agreeing to any treatment.

To balance these two ethical requirements, your Veterinarian is happy to quote you the price of your visit or pet’s procedure over the phone.

You deserve to know what you will be paying before you are handed a bill. With that in mind, you can call the Halifax Veterinary Hospital & receive a quote over the phone. You never need to schedule an appointment for this.  This is a bit difficult as a matter of fact, we can quote for basis services ie vaccines, spays, neuters but more difficult procedures with treatments, dentals etc. we need to see them to do the estimate up. So we would need to see them first

While you are calling you can also learn about the details of the procedure or visit that you are interested in.

Your CVMA Veterinarian is Here for You

You want the best and highest quality care for your pets. And trusting a CVMA member hospital is the first step in ensuring that level of care.

The Halifax Veterinary Hospital is here to take care of you & your pets. You won’t find pricing online or written out quotes, but you will know the pricing of a procedure or visit after a simple phone call.

And because your Veterinarian is a part of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, you can be assured that you are getting the best and most ethical care for your pet possible.

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Five Keys to a Healthy Pet

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 07:14 AM

download_8.jpgWhether it is to quit smoking, get more exercise or eat healthy. Many of us think of and treat our pets as part of their family – so it would make perfect sense to have a wellness plan for your pets. Here are five keys to ensuring the health of your pet.

There are many ways to keep your pet healthy, but to start you out – we have identified five areas that will help your beloved pet to live a long and happy life.

  1. Dental health. Dental disease is one of the most common problems found in pets. Your pet should have its teeth cleaned as advised by your veterinarian. When dental health is not addressed – it can lead to serious infections and the loss of teeth. Diseased teeth can also lead to other problems such as kidney and heart disease.
  2. Regular examinations. Remember – pets age faster than their humans. Just as you and your family members have regular physical exams, so should your pet. When illnesses are diagnosed early on – treatment will be less invasive as well as less expensive.
  3. Preventative healthcare. One of the most important responsibilities that come with being a pet owner is to provide preventative care for your animal. Vaccines given on a regular basis will help to keep your pet from contracting diseases from other animals, insects and from their surroundings. Your veterinarian will give you information on fecal testing and deworming as well as keeping your pet’s immunizations up-to-date.
  4. Healthy diet. Just as you are health-minded when it comes to your own diet – you should make sure that your pet is getting the nutrients he or she needs to stay healthy. No matter what type of pet you have – a healthy diet will lead to a healthy and happy pet. One of the most important things to keep your pet’s health at its optimum is to make sure they get plenty of water. They should have access to clean water at all times.

Your veterinarian will advise you what type of food is best for your particular pet – taking into consideration weight, age and mobility.

  1. Exercise. We all need exercise – and so does your pet. Physical and mental activity is important in order for your pet to stay alert and healthy. This is especially true if your pet is a dog. A dog needs to experience the smells, sights and sounds beyond their home or confines of your yard. Exercise for any type of pet is important to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a common health problem for many types of pets.

The best for our pets

We all want the best for our pets, and sometimes it can be costly. Your trusted veterinarian knows this and will find the most cost-effective way in which to offer services and advice to you for your pet. Your pet’s life will be extended when you provide the proper loving care that he or she needs and deserves.

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Who’s going to care for your pet after you are gone?

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 01:16 PM

download-2.jpegIn a lot of cases, pet owners assume that they – as humans, will outlive their trusted friend. But, that’s simply not always the case! In fact, in some instances your death might be unexpected, what happens then with your trusted friend? Its important that if you fall ill and become unable to care for your pets, or worse, you pass away, that you have someone who can provide, love and care for your loving animal. Here are a few options to consider for the future.

Emergency Caregivers – Temporary

Chances are if you love cats, dogs, or birds as much as we think you do, you probably have friends and family that also feel that way too. Consider talking to a handful of your friends and family and see if they would be willing and able to take your pet if anything should ever happen to you. This needs to be a person you trust fully, but also someone that can financially take on another mouth to feed and have the space for another animal. Never assume a friend or family member will be willing to step up for this role, have the discussion with them to ensure you can count on their commitment if needed.

Emergency Caregivers – Permanent

You also have the option, of course, to have your friends or family permanently take care of your pets. But, if you can't find someone close to you that you know personally, your next best step is to contact people in the pet field, such as Veterinarians. Sometimes they know of people that can take in animals if something has happened to their owner.

Make sure that you try to find alternative routes to finding a caregiver, either permanently or temporarily (for now), rather than taking them to the SPCA. Many shelters are nonprofit, or they rely on monetary donations – and even then, that’s never enough. They really do not have funds for caring for your loving pet indefinitely. Just look at how many animals there are already in shelters! They are already over populated as is.

No matter what option you choose to go with, either one of the options above, or another option entirely, always make sure that you note the plan for your pets in your will. That way everything will be finalized, and if anything should happen to you, you have definite plans for your pets. You can also set up a trust within your will and this will allow you to save up money on the side, and put it in the trust, so whoever takes over care of your animals, in the end, they will have the financial means to take care of your loved ones.

Your pets are like your kids. You probably wish you could have them forever or they could have you forever, but unfortunately, that's just not the way it works!

Some forethought on after life care will ensure your pet continues to be well loved and cared for if anything happens to you.

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