How I organized my pet stuff. Pets are family too! So, why not include their stuff in your home organization to-do-list? To those of you who know me personally, you know how much I love and adore my 5-year old Shih Tzu. I was called “crazy lady” many times because I’d go above and beyond for this little one. But it’s perfectly fine with me. 🙂 You see when you get a pet and a best friend at the same time, you’ll never be the same ever again. True story!
If you talked to me before I got Chase, you’d sure know that I hold a low opinion on having pets especially dogs. I have a friend who continually reminds me of how terrible my comments were back then. The truth though, I wish I could delete all those. Because as soon as I have Chase in December 2012, things in my life had changed. Big time! He’s my first pet, so I’m learning every day on how to take care of him and making his stuff part of our home organization. While it’s true that pets can be expensive, I’m confident to say that for as long as you have an established system on keeping track of your pet stuff, it becomes easier to manage. For example, using coupons and finding good deals. I’m talking about foods, treats, grooming, toys, outfits, and birthday cakes (if you’re like me!) as well as annual vaccines and other stuff.
Do you keep home and budget binders? If so, why not add a pet binder? I guarantee you, this can save you time and your sanity when you need information about your pet. Think about during an emergency. This binder sure comes handy when I’m not at home. It serves as the go-to-binder for Chase information.
Here are the free printables you can download to create your own Pet Binder as soon as now:
Pet Binder Cover – I designed the cover the same with my other binders. I’m all for matching items. I mean it, everything needs to match. Otherwise, it’s not pretty! 🙂
Monthly Calendar – This is a new addition to this binder! I use this for grooming and vet appointments as well as birthday and pet-related events. Although I have this information in my planner, I find it useful to keep a dedicated monthly calendar for Chase.
Bio – This includes pet photo and relevant information such as name, birthday, gender, species, breed, color, and the 1st day we met. I intended to make this one so that when I’m traveling or just not available, my husband can provide quick facts about Chase in case of emergency.
Preferred Products – Okay, we all know this! There are many products available in the market nowadays that makes it harder to find which is best for our pets. I have nothing against trying out new products, but when I get the best one, I stick to it. Here, I listed the products by category: Foods/ Treats; Dental Care; Ear Care; Coat Care; Freshening Spray; Fleas & Ticks Meds; Heartworm Meds; and Pads. And there are four columns on this page: Category; Item; Photo; and Note.
Vet Visits – This page includes rows of information: Date; Reason for Visit; Hospital/ Clinic; Vet’s Name; Phone Number; Prescriptions/ Test Results; and Note. The details from each vet visit can be a huge help a year or years from now. You’ll just never know! It’s always better to be one step ahead.
Monthly Expenses Tracking Sheet – This is a new addition to this binder! Unless you’re not worried about your budget, this expense tracking sheet comes handy. Let’s put it this way. I splurge for my fur baby, but I always make sure there’s an area of our expenses that I can adjust to stay on our monthly home budget. Also, this sheet can help you see the breakdown of the yearly costs like for example, I had 3-years covered for Chase annual vaccines this year. So later on when I checked the high bill, I can see the details of where the $$ went, and I can plan ahead when he will be needing his annual vaccines again.
Indeed, a pet can change life for the better! I could certainly attest to that. To say that Chase is my best friend is an understatement. There’s a special bond between us. Dogs are angels with fur!
Here are few of the many questions I have about pets’ care and others in between.
1. How do you organize your pet information? Do you keep everything digital or both along with a binder?
2. What’s your favorite moment with your pet? Photos are welcome.
3. Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday? Do you get a birthday cake and treats?
4. Do you do your pets grooming yourself or do you hire a professional groomer?
5. Do you always buy your pets’ favorite foods and other stuff or do you try new things?
6. For your pets’ annual vaccine, do you get a one-year package or up to three-year?
Please feel free to leave your comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.