Posted on May 16, 2011
I use the term Advocacy Aids to describe a set of health forms I’ve created to help you excel as your pet’s medical advocate. Where can you find them? It’s easy. Simply go to www.speakingforspot.com and look for “Resources” in the red horizontal main menu. The first item in the Resources pull down menu is Advocacy Aids. I invite you to download, print, copy, and use them to your heart’s content. Feel free to share with others as well. By the way, while you’re there please check out my new website!
The Advocacy Aids include:
Health History Form: This form provides an easy way to keep track of your pet’s vaccinations, test results, prior medical issues, surgical procedures, and adverse reactions to medications or vaccinations.
Current Medications: List all of your pet’s current medications (including supplements, flea and tick control products, and heartworm preventive). Be sure to bring along a copy to every hospital visit. Your vet will be profoundly grateful and this paperwork will help you both catch any prescription errors.
Current Health Issues: This form helps keep track of all of your pet’s current medical issues. It’s helpful to maintain a written list so none of the issues will be overlooked or forgotten.
Medication and Treatment Schedule: This template is wonderfully helpful if your pet requires medications/treatments multiple times daily and/or at different times of day. I’ve provided you with the same template we use when treating animals in my hospital. On my website you will find a sample template form that I’ve filled out (so you can see how it works) as well as a blank template for your use.
Emergency Contact Information: You will want to have ready access to this completed form in order to avoid spending time tracking down necessary information while in the midst of an emergency. Be sure to provide a copy to the person caring for your pets when you are away.
Contingency Plan: Use this form when you are going out of town and may not be one hundred percent reachable. The form lets your veterinarian know which trusted person you’ve designated to make medical decisions about your pet should you not be reachable. Distribute a signed copy to your pet-sitter/boarding facility and your veterinarian.
Veterinary Office Visit: This form will help you keep track of the purpose of your visit as well as important questions to ask your veterinarian.
For those of you with pets other than dogs, please forgive me as many of the forms contain the word, “dog”. Feel free to cross this word out and substitute in any species you like! After you’ve had a look at the Advocacy Aids, please let me know which ones you like and think you will use. If you can think of other Advocacy Aids, please don’t be shy. I would love to hear your ideas.
Best wishes for good health,
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.