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As pet owners, you should think of the possibility of an emergency that can occur at any time and anywhere. Some pet owners are lucky to have never had to encounter this situation. Unfortunately, accidents do tend to happen. When these incidents occur, time is of the essence. It is imperative that you know the best way to handle a situation. You have to be able to make rational decisions when emergencies occur. An emergency plan should be ready before the need for it.
- Keep details of 24-hour emergency care provider.You can look to find emergency pet care services in and around where you live. You can talk to your veterinarian for suggestions. You should take down the name of such units along with their number and address. Store all this information on your phone or tablet, basically an easy mode of access
- Signs to check if your pet needs emergency care.Your pet might have hurt itself somewhere without your knowledge.These are some signs that your pet may show in case of an emergency.-Your pet is unconscious.- Weak or rapid heartbeat.- Seizures.- Excessive bleeding.- Pale gums.- Rapid breathing.- Change in body temperature.- Your pet is finding it difficult to stand.
- Safely transport your pet.You should soothe and stabilize your pet before transporting him/her to the emergency care unit. Once you feel confident and safe transporting your pet, immediately bring him to an emergency care facility.
- Learn about first aid treatments at home.You can do this by applying pressure on the wound if it is bleeding, or placing your fingers in his/her mouth if they are choking to find the blockage. If you can't remove the object, perform the Heimlich maneuver by giving a sharp rap to his/her chest to dislodge it. You have to be able to perform CPR and other first aid treatments before you take your pet to the vet for treatment. It could save your pet's life.
- Keep a copy of your pet's medical records.It will ensure that the vet treating your pet will have a detailed history of your pet and make decisions accordingly.
- A First-Aid kitConsult with your veterinarian about your pet's emergency medical needs. These kits include bandage rolls, bandage tape, latex gloves, scissors, antibiotic treatment, isopropyl alcohol etc.
- A bag of your pet's favorite toys/things.When your pets are stressed, they need a sense of comfort. Putting a set of toys, blanket and things that smell like home will make them feel more at ease.
These are some of the ways in which you can care for your pets in case of an emergency.