Creating a pet emergency plan should be one of the first things you do when you bring a furry, feathered or scaled friend into your home. Emergencies can happen anytime to you, your beloved pet or to your home in the event of fire or flooding. Take a look at these important tips to give you peace of mind and to keep you pet as safe as possible.
Know where the nearest 24 hour pet hospital is located.
This is one of the most important things you should know as a pet owner. Too often do pets fall ill unexpectedly or have life-threatening accidents during hours when regular vets are closed. It’s vital to your pet’s health and welfare that you are aware of the closest 24 hour emergency hospital to your home in the event that you need their services.
This is particularly important for anyone with an exotic pet, as veterinarians that are qualified to treat exotics are much more difficult to come by. When you’re in crisis mode, you don’t want to have to make a dozen phone calls to find out who can treat darling Fafnir the bearded dragon.
Keep your pet’s records in a safe place.
You never know when you might need access to your pet’s veterinary records. Maybe you need to go out of town unexpectedly and schedule boarding for them last minute. The boarding facility needs records of your pet’s vaccinations, so it’s always best to have hard copies on hand in case your vet is closed. Or perhaps your furry friend has an emergency of their own and needs vet care or even hospitalization. Any previous vaccine and medical history you have may be of use to the vet that’s treating them.
Put together a pet first aid kit.
While you should never administer medical treatment to your pet without a vet’s approval, it’s always wise to keep a first aid kit prepared for certain emergencies. Some essential first aid items for your pet include:
- A cone to go around their neck to keep them from chewing on or scratching a wounded area
- Gauze and bandages that won’t stick to your pet’s fur to lessen any bleeding until they can receive appropriate care
- Corn syrup or maple syrup for dogs that are prone to sudden drops in blood sugar
- Nail clippers
- Non-latex disposable gloves to keep your hands and their wounds germ-free
- Pet ear thermometer
- Foil emergency blanket in case their temperature is dropping
Keep carriers in a convenient place.
It’s 2 in the morning, and Puss-N-Boots got hold of one of your poisonous holiday plants. She needs to be rushed to the vet immediately, but where on earth did you stash her carrier? Don’t find yourself turning your house upside down looking for her carrier or driving her to the vet as she roams free in your car. The same applies if your apartment is flooding or if there is a tornado warning. Keep pet transport carriers in a convenient location so you can toss them in and be on your way as quickly and safely as possible.
Have an emergency pet-sitter on speed dial.
This final tip is in the event that you have an emergency and need to leave your precious pet alone for a period of time. Consult one of your friends, family members or even one of the employees at their regular vet to see if they’d be willing to be your go-to person to watch over your furry friend if you need to make a swift departure. It’s best to have one or two backup options as well in case your first choice is unavailable when you need them.
Pet Emergency Plan: For You and Your Pet
Whether a tornado’s a-brewin’ and you need to take cover or you need to leave town for a sudden family emergency, having a pet emergency plan in place definitely relieves some of your stress. It can also mean the difference between life and death in certain cases where your pet needs emergency care.
Here at Pet Van Lines, we care about the health and safety of both you and your crazy critters. If you find yourself in a position where you need to transport your pet, contact us to see how we can help.