Busy adoption center? Lots of information to give new adopters who can’t wait to take their new pets home? How do you make sure that adopters get all the key information that they need to be able to care for their new pet and to ensure that the animal will have found its “Forever Home”?
It is difficult, and many of you have created packages for adopters to take home to read at their leisure which may include information about heartworm, fleas and ticks, vaccinations, separation anxiety, training tips and nutrition. One item that may not be included in your information package, but perhaps should be, is an information sheet about the importance of an annual wellness check up.
Given that cats and dogs age seven times faster than human beings, an annual assessment for them is the equivalent of a human being going to the doctor or dentist once every seven years! Consequently an animal’s health profile may radically change in a year. For that reason an annual check up should be considered the minimum. Many veterinarians recommend two check-ups per year, particularly for senior pets. Most pet parents are unaware of how quickly their pet’s health may deteriorate and untrained eyes can easily miss subtle changes in their pet’s behavior that may be symptomatic of an underlying health issue.
If you are interested in including an information sheet about the importance of Annual Wellness check-ups please click here. As Children often play a role in reminding parents about their pet’s veterinary needs – click here to download the October coloring sheet.
For those adopters who choose to extend their ShelterCare Insurance Gift into an annual policy – it is a requirement and a condition of ongoing insurance that insured animals be taken for an Annual check-up.
The Pethealth Family