Would you know what to do if your dog was in an accident? Although you can’t predict an emergency, you can prepare for one.
Knowing what to do if disaster strikes is key to getting your dog the treatment they need in a timely fashion.
In fact, assessing the situation and recognising whether you can do anything to help before getting your dog to your vet could potentially save your dog’s life.
While first-aid is not a substitute for proper veterinarian care, some basic first-aid skills are invaluable when facing a real-life emergency.
Accidents can happen anywhere. While it’s common to have necessary medical supplies at home, this isn’t always true when we travel.
It’s useful to think about what you need if you get into a situation while outside the home. Would you know who to call if you were out of town and your dog swallowed something they shouldn’t for example?
It’s a good idea to have the following handy wherever you are;
- Your vet’s name, address and telephone number
- A local vets name, address and telephone number if travelling or out of town
- A pen and paper (or ability to take notes)
- A phone
- Animal poison control centre
- Pet first aid kit
- Animal control details
- Non-emergency police contact number
If something does happen, always ring ahead. A vet needs to know that an emergency is on its way. They may have a separate facility that deals with urgent cases or need a specialist vet to deal with your dog. Not only that, but a vet may be able to provide invaluable advice before you move your dog.
Try to give your vet as much information as possible about your emergency, and follow any instructions they provide, this will save time later and give your dog the best chance of getting treated quickly.