How To Respond When Your Pet Has An Emergency

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Do you know what you would do if your pet was having problems breathing? What if you caught your cat eating a restricted food? In the event of a pet related emergency it is important to know how to identify the problem and take the right actions to effectively care for your pet. The following article will walk you through how to keep calm and respond proactively when your pet is facing an emergency.

Prepare an emergency plan

Before emergency strikes, it’s best to have a pre-planned process for dealing with your pet’s emergencies. Here are some proactive steps you can take today to prepare for a pet-related emergency.

  • Store important names and numbers in your phone so that when an emergency occurs you can seek out the appropriate professional help. Important numbers may include: your pet’s veterinarian, emergency veterinary clinic and the Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).
  • Have a safe place for your pet’s medical history, vaccinations, and breeding information.
  • Keep a first aid kit handy in your house. This AMVA first aid list will help you to adequately supply your house with the necessary first aid items for your pet.

Identify the Emergency

In the event that your animal is in pain, the first and foremost step in caring for your pet is being able to appropriately distinguish the difference between serious and not serious conditions or injuries. Indicators of a pet emergency may include:

  • Pain associated with movement
  • Difficulty walking
  • Collapse
  • Problems breathing
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Gagging or vomiting
  • Allergic reactions or swelling
  • Inability to urinate over two days,
  • Ingestion of poisonous or foreign objects
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Unexplained fever

If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms you should seek out urgent care immediately. Remember that is always best to err on the side of caution!

Transport your pet safely

When dealing with your pet during an emergency, it is important to practice the following steps:

  • Approach your pet calmly; kneel down and gently say his or her name to reiterate calmness and help your pet relax.
  • Remember that every second counts. Quickly identify if the situation is urgent, and act quickly to prepare your pet for a trip to the emergency room.
  • Support his or her neck and spine in case of a spinal injury. If your pet is in pain, position them gently to help them be as comfortable as possible during transport to us.
  • Bring in your animal to emergency care as quickly as possible. Be sure to drive safely on your trip to the animal emergency facility.

Always stay calm when dealing with an emergency

By understanding when you need to take your pet to the vet and how to prepare your pet for an emergency you can minimize stress and anxiety in the case of an emergency. A proactive and calm approach will help you to ensure your pet is taken care of in the most effective manner. If you would like to discuss an emergency plan for your pet, please contact us today!