Health & Wellness
We know how much you love your pets — you’d do anything for them. And when an emergency arises, your preparation and planning to get them care quickly is just one example of how much you love them. Veterinarian and pet health advocate Dr. Aliya McCullough is sharing all the ways you can develop a pet emergency preparedness plan.
While every situation is different, there are a couple outstanding moments that are considered a health emergency:
If your pet is showing any of these signs, contact your vet or emergency animal hospital immediately.
Save important vet locations and phone numbers
Locate the nearest vet hospital or animal emergency room on a map and write down the hours they’re open. It’ll help you to know exactly where to go in case of an emergency.
It’s helpful to save important phone numbers, too:
Call the animal emergency room to let them know you’re on the way and the status of your pet’s emergency.
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Always keep an emergency first aid kit in your car and home. Life is full of surprises (especially when it comes to pets) and having health items at your reach will be so helpful. Consider taking a pet first aid course so that you know exactly how to use them. Here’s a couple things that should definitely be in your emergency kit:
Practicing for an emergency situation will help limit stressors on the day of. For instance, practice riding in the car and familiarizing your pet with their carrier or crate so if an emergency happens they won’t be stressed out.
After a pet emergency, try to get your pet back to a normal routine. Life is unpredictable, but the love you have for your pet makes you that much more prepared for emergency situations.
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