In Case of Emergency
- Remain calm, your pet needs your help.
- In case of trauma or injury, always use caution when handling an injured or scared pet. animals in pain will frequently bite. You can use a length of gauze, a thin sock or soft leash as a muzzle for dogs, or “scruff” cats for safety. Wrap small pets in a blanket before picking them up or use a larger blanket as a stretcher for big dogs.
- In case of suspected poisoning or known toxin ingestion, call Pet Emergency or Poison Control first to obtain instruction. Never attempt home remedies without directions as they often only worsen the situation by creating a secondary toxicity to deal with.
- In case of bleeding wounds, apply pressure with padding or cloth of some type and secure with tape or wrap, (not a tourniquet).
- When leaving your pet with a sitter, be sure to leave up-to-date personal contact information so they may reach you in case of an emergency. Also, leave contact information for Pet Emergency Service, your pet’s regular veterinarian, and instruction on a financial plan for unexpected emergent care.