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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2007-06-20 20:01:57 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] pet-sitting, vacation etc-healthcare proxy

April, I'd love a copy!

We always provide "Permission to treat" letters; it always amazes me
how many people never think of those.

On Jun 20, 2007, at 2:40 PM, wrote:

> Hi, all. Since I run a pet-sitting business, I have developed a
> very specific, detailed pet-sitting contract (I got the original
> from another vet tech and pet-sitting friend who is now a vet) and
> have tweaked it to my own specifications over the years. I also
> have all my clients sign a healthcare proxy telling me what they'd
> like me to do, in advance, if there is a problem, and giving
> treating vets their legal, signed permission to treat (the form has
> three options: do not treat until pet owner is reached, treat for
> emergency care only till owner can be reached, or do whatever is
> necessary, even if owner can't be reached, basically). This way I
> don't have too stress about it at the time of a problem, and I have
> the legal signatures to have a vet care for a problem.
> I will happily send a copy of my contract and healthcare proxy (I
> use one for my own pets whenever I leave them with a friend-it also
> confirms that I guarantee payment for any care my pets receive) to
> anyone who'd like. The contract gives you a place to write all your
> pet's details, such as dietary and bathroom habits, meds, medical
> problems, quirks, who is allowed into your house, where you'll be,
> your vet's phone number and info, even what you want me to do if
> there's an earthquake or something (a bit extreme perhaps, but I
> have heard horror stories, and have even heard stories of pet
> owners dying while their pets are in a pet-sitter's care, so they
> can tell you in advance who would take pets in emergency situation
> like that....). I also keep a running pet-sitting "report card" for
> my clients so they can see when they come back how things went day-
> to-day.
> Let your regular vet know you'll be going away whenever possible
> and let them know who will be caring for your pets and that you'll
> accept financial responsibility based on what you are willing to do
> on your healthcare proxy. Preparation makes everything easier!
> Best,
> April vet tech, ferret owner and operator of CritterSitters
> Veterinary Technician-Staffed In-Home Pet-Sitting in MA-not an ad,
> just proof that I do this! ;) )

Sukie (not a vet)

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