If you’re like many people, you’ve probably found yourself saying, “I don’t have my dog’s shot records.” First, don’t panic. Second, not having your dog’s vaccination records isn’t a big deal. Keep reading to find out what happens now.
What To Do When You Say “I Don’t Have My Dog’s Shot Records!”
While your pet’s medical records are important because it details information about the rabies vaccination and other requirements in owning a dog, not all hope is lost when you lose them.
The following are tips on what you can do to either recover your pet’s medical records or have a new one created.
Contact Your Dog’s Veterinarian
Start by calling your veterinarian or the last one you had who gave your pet the rabies vaccination. That vet’s office should have documentation about the rabies vaccine for their own public health reporting reasons. Vet records should have all of the information you need for your pet.
Since everything is electronic these days, most veterinarian offices will email a copy of a pet’s records or they have a portal you can log into to access the information.
Schedule a Vet Appointment
If it’s been a long time since your last vet visit with your pet, the rabies vaccine is likely expired. Depending on the rabies vaccine you decided to give your dog – 1 year or 3 years – you will need to visit the vet for another one.
When you go to the vet, simply say ” I don’t have my dog’s shot records” and they will take care of it. With a vaccination history, they will likely decide to give your dog all required vaccines depending on age.
If you have a dog that is over 10 years of age, you may be asked if you’re interested in certain vaccines that aren’t core vaccines, such as the Lyme disease or kennel cough vaccine. To help you with your decision, consider reading the following information:
No Shot Records During an Emergency?
If you have a sick pet and no vaccination history, a veterinarian will run a blood test to diagnose what is wrong. For instance, if your pet is sick because of rabies, a vaccine for it won’t help but treatment will. When your dog recovers, the vaccine can be given.
If your pet is sick for another reason, the vet will wait until your pup is feeling better before administering any required vaccinations.
When vaccinations are given, a new vet record will be created for you to use from that moment on. You won’t have to worry about not having a shot record any longer.
Tips on Keeping Immunization Records Safe
Once you have your pet’s medical history back or recreated, consider the following ways to keep it from getting lost again.
- Save an electronic copy on the cloud. Many pet parents use Google Drive or One Drive to save their pet’s medical history online.
- Some pet owners have a file folder with their child’s shot record and they keep their dog’s immunization record in there too. After all, pet parents consider their furry friend’s children.
- Stay in touch with your veterinarian’s office to ensure you always have access to your dog’s immunization records. That way, if you ever do misplace the records again, you can access them easily.
Now you know what to do when you say, “I don’t have my dog’s shot records.” Take a deep breath and don’t worry too much about it. You can get them back or have a new one created.
If you just want to talk to a vet online, read this: Can You Call a Vet and Ask Questions?