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A Plan for Pets: Emergency and Estate Planning that Includes Your Dog and Cat (Episode 40)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Jul 26, 2020 3:32:37 PM

What will happen to your pet if you're no longer able to care for them? The current COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how crucial it is that pet owners take the time to plan out their cat or dog's care plan in case you become ill or are no longer able to care for them. Our pets are counting on us to have a backup plan.

In this episode of Paws and Play, we talk with Debra Hamilton of Hamilton Law & Mediation, about why it's important to have a plan in place in case you get sick, injured, or pass away. She also shares with us tips for deciding who to choose as your pet's caregiver, who needs to know about the emergency pet care plan (your chosen caretaker, your lawyer, and your veterinarian), and how much money you should consider setting aside to provide for your pet's long-term care.

From pet trusts, to living wills, and final wills, Debra has created an amazing program called the MAAP Pet Care Planning Blueprint. And, as Debra says, "I'm not dead yet!" It isn't just about planning for what will happen to our pets when we aren't around anymore. Things like broken ankles, hospitalization, transitioning into a long-term adult healthcare or hospice facility, or accidents that happen while traveling can also affect your pet's situation. In an uncertain time, having a plan in place to protect our beloved pets will give you some peace of mind.

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Topics: Dogs, Cats, Estate Planning

Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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Twice a month, host Mia and regular co-host, Cathy, bring you entertaining health, safety, lifestyle, and training information for your cats and dogs.

Mia is an animal lover, who is lucky enough to be owned by her kitty, Mazel, and senior pug, Mabel. In her off-time she and her wife volunteer at a goat rescue, watch Golden Girls & Psych marathons, and celebrate Halloween and Christmas all year round.

Cathy is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant who believes that dog training is a lifestyle and should never feel like a chore. When she's not talking dogs, she's probably reading about them while enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.

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