The holiday season has now come and gone and we are about to embark on a brand new year.
If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to make a New Year’s resolution, or more than one, if needed. We often resolve to lose some weight, exercise more, or strive to be a better person.
One thing that all of us, as pet owners, should make a resolution to do, if you have not already done so, is to make arrangements for your beloved four legged furry friend. You may think that you are too young and healthy to start thinking of such things, but it’s something that is very important and should not be put on the back burner.
Have you ever discussed with your family or friends if they would be willing or able to care for your pet if you were not able to? Many of us haven’t and, unfortunately in a lot of cases, it’s the pet who suffers in the end.
While you are alive and well, you need to take the time to make arrangements for your pet in the event you are no longer able to care for them, due to health issues, accidents, or death. This includes putting aside funds to cover your pet’s medical, grooming and feeding needs. You need to give careful consideration to this and to discuss it with the people involved in your life and that of your pet
It’s also a wise thing to put your wishes in writing and to be sure that the person or persons who you are entrusting your beloved pet to are agreeable and capable to look after him or her. You should also have an alternate person named in your documentation, in the event anything happens to your first choice.
If you have already made a Will, you can always add a Codicil to your Will to cover your wishes with respect to your pet in the event of your death.
It’s never too early to make sure that your pet will be looked after in the same loving manner that you look after him, so instead of just thinking about it, start talking to people and put your thoughts and wishes into words. You will feel better once it’s done and, if anything does happen, your beloved fur ball won’t have to worry.
So Happy New Year to all, and here’s to a safe and healthy year ahead.