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Debit Square - For Pets - A tracking program for your pets.

Frequently Asked Questions 

I only have a few pets - is it something I can really use. Debit Square - For Pets - Main Screen - click for a larger display
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     Certainly. Track Vet visits - where and when and the result - keep track of medicines so you'll have a record of ones that your Pet responded well too or make a note if the Pet had an allergic reaction - Track litters - track awards - you decide what to track! Information will be stored for years - there is the real value in the program - the history you will have at your fingertips.

I'm a breeder. How can the Program help me?
     Breeders can benefit by keeping track of their litters as well as keeping track of age, registration numbers, growth history - whatever is important to you to track. Using the advanced functions you could make multiple Pet Sets ( Multiple files each containing a collection of pets) each one containing only one litter. You could then have a separate Pet Set containing your actual home pets. Create as many Pet Sets as you'd like. You could also keep all of them in one Pet Set. It's up to you and your circumstances and needs.
I show my dogs. How can it help me? (This also applies to cats, reptiles, etc)
     Track the shows that each dog has been in as well as awards won. Create reports on the history of that particular dog or all the dogs that you show.
I'm a groomer - can I use it to make an invoice? (This also applies to lots of similar situations)
     Yes. Simple invoices can be generated by creating an activity such as "Work Done". Then enter your work as one or more entries. Then just report on your customer's pet and the activity "Work Done". Select the dates to report on as either just today or over several days if say it included boarding for several days. Add a total line and include html code if you'd like. You can also add your own heading and footings like "Rose's Grooming" and "Thanks for your business".  You can of course add other activities such as "Boarding", "Feeding" etc as needed. While this example is for a groomer, it could also be used to generate an invoice for animals you sell from kennels or shelters.
I work with shelter animals that come and go on a relatively quick basis. Can it help me?
     Absolutely - it's great for rescue operations. It will hold information on a 'lot' of animals and a lot of information on them. Search or report on them as needed.
I'm a Pet Sitter. How can the Program help me?
     Keep a list of their Pets and special feeding instructions. This will be handy for you to know what needs to be done. Any special medicines etc would also be on that list.
What about scheduling things like vet checkups or shots? Can I do that?
     Yes, in addition to tracking the history you can also set up future things to watch for such as Vet Checkups or Shots or whatever you'd like to watch in the future. Set up an activity called "Future-ChkUp" and then choose a Pet. Enter in a date in the future that you want to have the pet visit the veterinarian. Then on a regular basis run a report on the activity "Future-ChkUp" and all pets and select a date range of say 15 days from today (or 45 days or the month of May - you decide). If any pets fall in that range they will show up on that report. Add additional activities such as "Future-Shots" and report on all of them and all pets at once. This functionality can be used for a variety of similar circumstances.
I don't understand the relationship of Activities and Pets.
     Each Pet has their own set of activities. Let's say that you have defined 3 Activities - Medicine, Baths and Vet Trips. Let's also say you have 2 Pets - Fluffy and Snowflake. In this case, then Fluffy has her own set of the 3 activities (Medicine, Baths and Vet Trips) and Snowflake has her own set of the 3 activities. When you enter information in the Vet Trips for example, you are either entering it for either Fluffy or Snowflake. If the currently selected pet was Fluffy and the activity selected was Vet Trips, then it would show all of the Vet trips for Fluffy over the last several years (or however long you've been entering information). Now switch to Snowflake and choose Vet Trips to see all the vet trips for Snowflake. In either case if you want to add information, just make a new entry. It's very simple.
Oh, my - won't this require a lot of space?
     Space is determined by the amount of information you use, but after the initial installation (about 20 megabytes) incremental size requirements are very small. A typical Pet Set of 10-15 pets might be 1 to 2 megabytes.
How are the Master List items different from the Pet Activities? They seem similar and I have trouble distinguishing between the two.

     Master List items relate to the current Pet Set and not to any particular pet. They belong to all pets in that set. Pet Activities belong to a particular pet. Let's say that you have a Master List Item called Veterinarians. In this list, you have the name of several veterinarians. Since this is a Master List item it doesn't matter who the current Pet is, the Veterinarians always show the same veterinarians.
     Let's say you also had a Pet Activity named Veterinarians. In this one, if you had some special vets for your bird, you might list them in here. In other words - does the information (Veterinarians in this case) belong to the whole file (Master List Items) or to individual pets (Pet Activities).
    This illustration uses Veterinarians, but the same concept could apply to many other situations. Probably you have some special situation yourself. That's what is nice about Debit Square - For Pets - you can customize it to suit your needs.

The picture of the program on the Debit Square - For Pets main web page shows a lot of screens open. That seems complicated.
    This is just for illustrative purposes. The picture on our web page and in the manual just shows most of the screens of the program open at once.  Normally, you'll just have one or two screens open at a time.
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