6 Common Health Care Mistakes Even Superstar Pet Owners Make

They Forget to Bring Checklists to Vet Visits

Checklists and protocols are important tools that help veterinarians and physicians better manage their patients’ health care.

You wouldn’t go to the supermarket without a shopping list, right? OK, maybe you would, but you probably shouldn’t if you don’t want to forget things or end up with lots of extraneous munchies.

The same kinds of things happen when you forget your vet visit list.

You won’t end up with a bunch of black bean-flavored tortilla chips, but you might forget to ask about the safety profile of a new product or take home heartworm preventive you already have gobs of at home.

They Don’t Plan in Advance for an Emergency

Pet owners who keep a written plan for sudden evacuations are far better prepped for an emergency situation than most — but the truth is that few owners are as organized as this.

Here in hurricane-prone South Florida, we are continually forced to plan for the worst, which means that we have a leg up on most pet owners. But as those who’ve suffered through emergencies that don’t allow for as much pre-planning will attest — think earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, flash floods and mudslides — no one is immune to the need for solid planning if they’re to prove their mettle as responsible pet owners.

They Don’t Set Up Reminders for Themselves

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can be somewhat forgiven for failing to set up reminders for your pets’ routine vet visits and monthly preventive medications — unless your brain is somehow wired to remember everything without prompting.

Me? I have to program two alerts for each reminder.

I may be almost as smart and savvy a pet owner as you, but as a card-carrying scatterbrainiac whose unrelentingly scrambled schedule keeps her constantly guessing which day of the week it is, I could use a little improvement. Who among us can claim otherwise?

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