How to Prepare for a Pet Emergency

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How to Prepare for a Pet Emergency

In the moment, it can be tough to tell if your pet is having an emergency of not, especially when they are visibly hurt or upset. Of course, a little hurt can seem like too much, and it can be easy to panic or assume the worst. It is therefore important to plan ahead and prepare for a variety of situations before they happen, and to make yourself as knowledgeable as possible beforehand. Here is a list of things you can do to best avoid emergencies, and to make their happening more manageable.

Keep a list of what your pet cannot eat on the fridge (or in another handy place): This will help remind you what not to let your pet eat, just in case you need a quick reminder, or worse, you aren’t sure if your pet just ingested something it shouldn’t have.  If you have more than one type of pet, or if any of your pets have food allergies, you should have more than one list.

Put Important Phone Numbers on the Fridge Too: These should include everyone that you might have to call in an emergency, including the number to your vet, the nearest emergency pet clinic, the Poison Control Center, and the number to whoever you’ll need to call and ask to take care of your other pets should you need to travel/stay somewhere overnight.

Keep Your Pet’s Medical Records Organized, and in a Safe Place: You won’t want to be fumbling for these if you need them. It’s also not a bad idea to take these with you if you travel somewhere with your pet.

Get to Know your Vet: You’ll want to know that your pet is in good hands when something happens, and post-incident is no time to be testing out veterinarians. Along that note, taking your pet to the vet regularly can help prevent issues in the future, or help catch them early on.

Buy Pet Insurance: There is some debate about whether or not pet insurance is really necessary, but the consensus is that if something major happens, you will want it. Here is a chart of pet insurance providers that outlines their various costs/ benefits.

Have a First-Aid kit: This should include items similar to a human’s. You’ll want things to clean a wound and to bandage up your pet, but you’ll also want a few extras like a rectal thermometer, a splint, some Bag Balm, and some ear cleaning solution.  You can modify this however you need to (like stocking up for a diabetic pet, or adding items specifically for non-cat/dog critters), but have one, and have it fully stocked and accessible at all times. If you leave your pets in someone else’s care, you should let them know where your kit is and what it contains (maybe add this to the list you keep on the fridge).

 Cindy Romero is an animal lover from North Carolina. She writes for PetPremium when she isn’t playing fetch with her two dogs or trying to keep her cat off of the kitchen counters.  

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