You’ve probably considered what to do if a family member has an emergency but, when you count the family, are you also counting the family pet? There are many pets in Deer Park. They are loved and cherished members of their families. But, some people tend to take the health of their pets for granted.
You may think that your pet is indestructible. Be assured, they’re not. Pets can and do get sick. They also get hurt. The likelihood of a pet emergency is probably far greater than what you’ve considered. Now is a good time to give it some thought. You don’t want to wait until your Deer Park pet has an emergency before you prepare. That’s not preparing – that’s reacting.
There are several things you can do to prepare for a pet emergency, such as:
- Collect emergency phone numbers in advance and put them somewhere you can find them quickly in a case of a pet emergency. This includes the phone number, and any other applicable contact information, for your veterinarian, emergency veterinary clinic and the Animal Poison Control Center. Here is the latter number for your convenience: 888-426-4435.
- Collect and keep all of your pet’s medical history in a safe place. This should include vet visits and reports, vaccinations and breeding information. You may also want to store a duplicate of this somewhere safe so that, if the originals are destroyed or lost, you can quickly gain access to the duplicates.
- Keep a pet emergency First Aid Kit in your home. A first aid kit should include:
- Gauze for wrapping wounds
- Non-stick bandages
- Adhesive tape for bandages
- Charcoal activated milk of magnesia (to absorb poison)
- A digital pet thermometer
- An eye dropper (for administering oral treatments or flushing wounds)
- A muzzle (if your dog is in severe pain, they may bite. You can use a rope, necktie or other fabric in a pinch but don’t muzzle the pet if he or she is vomiting)
- A leash
- A stretcher (if you don’t have a dedicated stretcher, you can use a board, door or blanket to stabilize the pet for transportation)
Jim Carlson, a veterinarian with Riverside Animal Clinic of McHenry and Buffalo Grove, said that it’s imperative that you keep your head in a pet emergency.
“Try to make accurate observations of the pet’s condition so that, when you call a veterinarian or emergency vet clinic, you can provide them with the information they need to properly diagnose your pet’s needs,” he said.