In Case of a Pet Emergency…
Pet emergencies can happen at any time. The scary part is many of occur when we least expect it, or we are not prepared. In the spirit of providing our clients with knowledge and information, the following are some helpful tips in case your pet is ever in need of emergency veterinary services.
Please remember that any first aid treatment administered to your pet should always be followed immediately by veterinary care. First aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, but rather a means of stabilizing your pet until he or she can receive treatment.
- Keep contact information for your veterinarian, an emergency veterinarian, and the Animal Poison Control center in both your home and on your person.
- Keep any of your pet’s pertinent medical records where they can be easily accessed.
- Keep a small pet first aid kit in your home. The kit should include:
- Gauze (for wrapping wounds or muzzling your pet)
- Non-stick bandages, towels, or strips of cloth (to control bleeding)
- Adhesive tape
- Milk of Magnesia or activated charcoal (to absorb poison)
- Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting)
- Digital pet thermometer
- Eye dropper
- Leash and muzzle
- Makeshift stretcher (such as a board or a large blanket)
- Always call your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian before applying ANY first aid treatment.
- Remember that an injured pet is a scared pet. Always proceed with caution before examining or treating an injured pet.
For more information about veterinary emergencies, or the services we provide, we invite you to contact us today.