What’s a dog to do when its owner doesn’t come home? As much as we depend on out pets for love and fun, it’s important to remember that they depend on us for essentials like food and water. That’s why every dog owner needs to have an emergency contact in case something happens to them. The contact should know your dog and be on friendly terms with him. Your contact could be a friend, family member, or neighbor. If possible, keep their name on file at your vet’s office.
As a general rule, you should always have an emergency contact for yourself saved in your phone. Paramedics recommend storing the number as ICE (In Case of Emergency) in your phone’s contact list. Whoever your emergency contact is, they should be aware of whom to call regarding your pet, or they could be your pet’s emergency contact too!
Make it easy for your pet’s emergency contact: give them a key to your home or let them know where they can get a key. It’s also important to keep dog food on hand, just in case an emergency does come up!
Late night, late flight
While it may not be an emergency, anything that can keep you from being home at your normal time can affect your dog! Make friends with a neighbor who you can call to walk and feed your dog if you’re going to be unavoidably late.
If you’ve boarded your pet while you’re away, be sure to talk to your kennel about the possibility of late or cancelled flights. Remember, they do this for a living so these things have come up with them before! If they simply cannot keep your dog late, let your dog’s emergency contact know of the circumstances so they can fetch your dog if need be. Before you leave town, be sure that the kennel has the contact’s name on file, so they know it’s okay for your dog to go home with them.
We don’t like to bring up grim topics, but death is a part of life, and it cannot be swept under the carpet. So you must give some thought now about what will happen to your dog after you’re gone. Make sure the executor of your estate has access to information about your wishes. This could include naming a friend or relative who you designate to inherit your pet. Some people set up trust funds to assure that there is funding to pay for their dog’s upkeep. If you consult a lawyer about writing your will, be sure to tell him or her about your plans for your beloved pet.