It is hoped you and your pet will never face an accidental,
man made, or natural disaster. To be safe, however, it is wise to be prepared
for any emergency. For emergencies requiring first aid for your pet, it
is a good idea to have our pet’s medical information and veterinarian’s
contact information available. This includes medical records, your veterinary’s
name and phone number, name and location(s) of nearest vet hospital(s),
poison control service and local shelter information.
One of the most important factors
in being prepared for a first aid emergency is to know your vet's hours
and whom you can contact when they are closed. Vet hospitals may give
24-hour care, but most veterinary offices don't. Receiving immediate
vet care may be critical. Having a first aid kit for your pet is also
helpful. This kit can include gauze for wounds, a fabric tie that can
be used as a muzzle, a blanket or board that can be used to carry your
pet, scissors, eyewash, and an antiseptic. Contact your vet immediately
in cases of emergency. Do not go online for information. You may be wasting
precious time. With proper preparation difficult situations can be made
easier, additional problems can be averted, and you and your pet will
hopefully stay safe and secure.
For emergencies involving the
entire family different considerations need to be addressed. Natural
or manmade emergencies such as floods or hurricanes may make it necessary
for you to evacuate your home. Your pet will need to be cared for too.
Though there are some exceptions, most shelters set up for people in
these situations don't allow pets.
Consider in advance where you
can take your pet. Leaving a pet in an evacuated home is not recommended.
They could be at great risk. They can be trapped without food and water
in an unsafe situation. Animal shelters will likely be crowded, consider
family or friends in the area that may be able to help. Also, talk to
your vet to see if they can provide alternate shelter or suggestions
for shelter. Having tags and/or microchip id is important in case of
accidental separation. Also, having a picture of your pet can help if
it gets is lost.