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How to Prepare for a Pet Emergency: The Best Tips to Know

Accidents happen, and the sad truth is that your pet can go from being healthy to being sick in an instant. No pet parent wants to think about their furry companion being in jeopardy, but the fact is that it happens. Don’t let a medical emergency catch you unprepared or off-guard. 

Your actions in those moments can mean the difference between life and death. One of the best ways to avoid a crisis is by being prepared. It is crucial to know how to prepare for a pet emergency. 


A Relationship With Your Vet

A relationship with your local vet will come in handy in an emergency. A veterinarian who knows your pet well is a valuable ally in times of trouble. Create a connection with a vet before an emergency occurs. As soon as you adopt a pet, one of the first things you should do is register with a local vet. 

Make a wellness appointment and establish a vaccination and medical record for your pet. Being a regular client will help build a relationship, and it will be easier to get an appointment in an emergency.  


Have a Clear Plan of Action 

Anticipating an emergency is the best way to ensure you are prepared for one. What do you do if your pet falls ill in the middle of the night? Determine what to do, where to go, and what number to call in an emergency. Any wasted minute can worsen the situation, and you must act fast. 

Many vet clinics do not operate after working hours. You need to know the location of the nearest 24-hour pet hospital. Your vet can offer information about emergency clinics in your area. Make sure you always have the emergency information on your phone. 


Your Pet’s Medical Records

It is essential to have your pet’s medical records in an emergency, especially if they have a chronic condition. Your veterinarian can print out a copy of the records for you. You should place them in a folder and store them in an easy-to-access spot.

Have records showing current medications, bloodwork, and any diagnostic results. They can help ensure that the pet gets focused treatment in an emergency. 


Answering Health Questions

Be prepared to answer questions concerning your pet’s health in an emergency. Most pet owners are highly attuned to their pet’s habits and routines. If your pet’s behavior changes suddenly, it can signify sickness or injury. 

You should be able to answer questions such as whether the breathing pattern has changed or whether the pet is walking normally. Has your pet’s personality changed? Are they more lethargic than usual or eating and eliminating normally? The information can help in making a diagnosis. 


Knowing Pet First Aid and CPR

Some emergencies call for performing first aid or CPR. This knowledge can potentially save your pet’s life. Knowing how to stop bleeding or the right way to induce vomiting can be helpful. Be careful about performing CPR to avoid unintended consequences—it should only be a last resort.  

It is a good idea to have a pet emergency fund. Emergency care can be expensive, so you should be prepared for unforeseen expenses. Pet insurance is a great way to ensure you avoid stress during an emergency visit.

For more on how to prepare for a pet emergency, visit the Animal Emergency Center of Killeen at our Killeen, Texas office. Call (254) 628-5017 for more information today.

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