In an emergency, early medical intervention can frequently offer your pet the best possible outcome. Contacting your family veterinarian or an emergency clinic is an important first step in dealing with your pet’s emergency.
If any of the following signs are indicated by your pet, you should seek out immediate care:
- Know how to recognize emergency signs and when to seek immediate veterinary care [More]
- Have your family veterinarian’s phone number at hand
- Have the phone number and directions to your 24-hour emergency hospital at hand [Directions to VMCLI]
- Have the phone number for animal poison control at hand. ASPCA Animal Poison Control: 800-548-2423
- Keep hydrogen peroxide in your medicine cabinet to induce vomiting when instructed by a veterinarian
- Always keep a collar with identifying information on your pet
- Keep a carrier, crate, or leash handy
- Discuss with your veterinarian the benefits of microchipping your pet such as Avid® Microchip or AKC CAR id system
- Emergencies by nature are unexpected and can require immediate access to finances. Discuss the benefits of pet insurance such as VPI Pet Insurance or CareCredit® with your family veterinarian.