Preparation is vital to saving your pet when there is an emergency. It also eases some of the stress and costs associated with urgent veterinary care. As a pet owner, you love and care for your dog as if they were your child. It is unfortunate but accidents do happen. At that moment in time making rational decisions can be difficult and that is why it is important to have an emergency plan in place just in case you might need it in the future.
When is it an emergency?
Remember you know your pet better than anyone else. Therefore, if you notice your pet behaving in an unusual way never brush it off. It might be a sign of a serious underlying problem. If you notice unusual behavior do not shy away from calling your veterinary doctor.
Most accredited hospitals have 24 hours access to emergency care so there will always be someone to answer your questions. They will advise you whether to bring him in immediately or wait. There are other times that you do not need to call beforehand but rush your dog to emergency care immediately.
Such situations could include:
• Your dog has experienced trauma and you suspect broken bones
• He is not breathing and you cannot feel his heartbeat
• He is unconscious
• If your pet is experiencing a seizure
• If you suspect they have ingested toxic substance
Experts recommend that pet owners should identify a high quality clinic that usually provides emergency care 24 hours. The next time you take your pet for regular checkup, ask the doctor what you should do in case you have an emergency. Find out from the doctor if they do offer 24 hour emergency services. If they do not ask them to refer you to a hospital that does. Get the name, address and also the telephone number of the emergency facility. Keep the name and the telephone number on an emergency sheet that is close to the telephone for ease when need arises.
Learn basic first aid
When your pet is in trouble it is normal to panic but try as much as possible to stay calm. To improve the chances of your pet surviving the ordeal it is important to learn how to administer first aid to your dog. It is worth noting that after administering first aid, you should immediately take your pet to veterinary care.
First aid does not substitute veterinary care but it can save your pets life before he receives treatment from a professional. You can take a course that will help you understand how to handle your pet when he is having a seizure, has a fracture, bleeding both internally and externally or if he is chocking. Knowing how to administer first aid can greatly impact the survival chances of your pet. With basic first aid knowledge you know how to handle your pet even when transporting him to the veterinary without worsening the situation.
When it comes to your pet, trust your instincts. Remember, you love your pet and you have every right to be worried when you suspect something is not right.