Pet Power of Attorney
How to create a durable and limited power of attorney for care of your pet

What Is a Pet Power of Attorney


Who should have a power of attorney for pet care?

All pet owners should complete a power of attorney for pet care to make sure that their pets are taken care of in their absence or incapacity.  This document provides protection for their pets and upholds their choices like who to use as your pet's vet, who can make decisions for your pet when  you can't and how much money your agent can spend to care for your pet without your authorization.

What is the difference between a limited and durable power of attorney for pet care?

A limited power of attorney for pet care establishes a time limit for when the agent’s authority is in effect.  A durable power of attorney for pet care becomes effective on the date is signed and has no time limits.  The durable power of attorney for pet care remains in effect unless and until you revoke it.

Do I need to list all my pets?

It’s up to you which animals your power of attorney for pet care covers. Remember that any pets you don’t list won’t be able to be cared for in your absence if they are not covered under the POA.

What if I have more than one vet?

With Gentreo, you can add multiple vets and specify which of your animals are treated by which vet.

What dates should I use for my limited power of attorney for pet care? 

The start date should be the first day that you need your agent to take care of your pets.  The end date should be 48 hours after your planned return to allow for any unforeseen travel delays.  Of course, this is general guidelines, you should use the dates you feel most comfortable authorizing your agent to care for your pets.

Why should I set a financial limit on my agent’s authority? 

Most agents are not privy to the pet owner’s financial information. Without financial limits, your agent could agree to $5000.00 surgery and you might not have the budget to afford that bill.  Regardless, you would be responsible for that bill, not your agent.  Accordingly, it is important to set financial limitations if you have budgetary considerations. 

What are "Special Instructions"?

Use this section to note anything particular for your pets like allergies, medications or specific actions you would want your power of attorney to take or not take.

What is the difference between my caretaker and agent?

Your agent is the person you appoint to uphold your wishes in regards to your pet.  The caretaker is the person/institution who will provide the daily care of your pets.  Your agent can be the same as the caretaker but not necessarily.

Who should I choose to be my agent for my power of attorney for pet care? 

You should choose the person that you trust the most who will be able to take care of your pets in your absence or incapacity.  Important considerations are the proposed agent’s relationship with your pet, your agent’s availability to care for your pet and the agent’s willingness to honor your wishes for your pets’ care.

Do I have to name alternate agents for my power of attorney for pet care?

No, it is optional; but it’s highly suggested. Naming an alternate agent allows you to have a backup if your first choice is no longer able to serve.  

What is long term pet care?

If you no longer have the ability to care for your pet(s), you have the choice to name who will be permanently responsible for the care and financial costs that come along with said care.


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