Preventing Pet Emergencies Begins With Proper Home Care
While pet emergencies are often inevitable, one of the best ways you can avoid them is by arming yourself with knowledge and having a plan of action in the event an emergency does occur. Following are a few steps every pet owner should take to protect their pets from medical emergencies:
- Eliminate potential household dangers—Making sure your pet’s environment is free from potential dangers can eliminate a large number of emergency situations. Remove or safely store chemicals and foods that can lead to ingestions or poisonings. You should also keep your pet safely secured in your home or backyard and away from traffic and other animals in order to eliminate potential traumas.
- Know the signs of illnesses—Regularly check your pet’s body for any outward signs of injury, and pay attention to any changes in his or her mood, which can be a sign of pain. Familiarizing yourself with the signs of illnesses in pets related to injuries, toxic and poisonous exposure, and trauma can save your pet valuable time—and possibly even his or her life—in the event of an emergency.
- Stay calm—When your pet faces an emergency, remaining calm can be difficult. However, in order to provide your pet with the proper and fastest care possible, you will need to stay relaxed and focused.
- Seek professional help immediately—Do not take any chances when it comes to your pet’s health. If you believe your pet needs medical attention, do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat your companion. Do not give any over-the-counter pain medications, including Tylenol, ibuprofen, Aleve, or other medications without specific instructions from a veterinarian. Seek immediate veterinary care for your pet.
For more information on how to handle a pet emergency, please read Top 10 Pet Emergencies and How to Prevent Them.