Pet Health Records

Pet health records are as important to your pet as your medical and dental records are to you. These records have several important functions such as:

1) Identifying the age, breed and sex of your pet - you'd be surprised how many pet owners don't know this info and, basic as it is, this information can be vital in situations where the pet has to be identified e.g. if your dog goes missing.

2)Recording what vaccinations your pet has received, as well as when these were administered. This can be a useful source of information (and sometimes essential information) when you want to move your pet across political boundaries, or when your pet is ill and the vet needs to know the vaccination history.

3) Detailing the various ailments they have suffered and medications dispensed. These records help build a picture of your pet's health status over a period of time which can be very helpful in diagnosing e.g. seasonal problems

Most pet health records are kept at the veterinary hospital you take your pet to, but you should always ensure that you keep a vaccination certificate safely filed at home which not only identifies the pet but also lists previous vaccination and deworming dates, as well as the suggested dates for the next vaccinations and deworming.

In addition, should you move house and change veterinarians, then ask for a copy of your pet's records so that the next vet has some history and background to your pet's health status. This is particularly true if your pet has an on going or recurring medical condition that needs attention - a history of what has been tried before prevents the wheel having to be re-invented.