If you treat your pets like part of the family, seeing them in pain, suffering or distress because they are sick or hurt can be quite unsettling. Unfortunately, you can never tell when the unexpected will occur. As a pet owner, it is wise that you have a pet medical emergency preparedness plan so that you can know what to do in case your pets require immediate medical attention.
Here are some tips you should follow so you can be well-prepared to handle a vet emergency:
Learn how to administer first aid.
What happens when you cut your hand with a knife while chopping something in the kitchen? You try to stop the bleeding with supplies from the first aid kit. Pets may also need first aid if they get injured. Suppose your pet dog breaks a leg and starts limping: Will you do nothing about it until you get to the pet emergency room? Probably not. You will certainly want to do something to alleviate its suffering. But what can you do? Learn how to administer first aid.
To administer first aid to an injured pet, you will need to learn about what should be done in every emergency situation. There are numerous credible sources of information online on how you can administer first aid to different types of pets. If you really love your pets, going online to research about what supplies you'll need in your pet first aid box, basic pet first aid procedures, and how to handle an injured or distraught pet shouldn't be too much trouble for you.
Be able to provide the pet's past medical information.
Vets keep medical records on pets the same way doctors keep records on their patients. When you are taking your pet to the vet clinic, it is imperative that you take your pet's medical records with you, so that the vet can review the pet's medical history. As the pet owner, you should also be ready to answer any questions the vet might ask regarding the pet's health and medical history. This is critical to ensuring that the best treatment option is chosen based upon the medical condition of your pet.
Purchase insurance to cover your pet.
If you end up at the pet emergency room, then it is most likely that your pet is seriously injured or it is suffering from a serious health problem. Pet emergency service is usually quite expensive because vets require specialised equipment and they need to run their facilities 24/7, throughout the year. That means that if you are not financially prepared for a pet emergency, you might not find yourself unable to do anything to alleviate the suffering of your pet. Covering your beloved animal with pet insurance is a clever way to ensure that it gets emergency treatment when the need arises.
Always keep your vet's emergency phone number (s) with you because you can never tell when you'll need to use them. Calling an emergency vet before you can arrive will give staff time to get things ready at the facility.