We at Abbostsford Animal Hospital know that there is nothing more panic causing or terrifying for pet parents than experiencing an emergency with their beloved pet. Preparing for pet emergencies before they happen can help pet parents avoid the immediate panic that sets in. Hopefully after reading this, you should be able to put together your own “Pet’s First Aid Kit,” and you will have more confidence to know you're prepared to help your pet in the event you ever experience an unexpected and unfortunate emergency.
The first thing to do is to contact your veterinarian immediately with any pet emergency. First-aid is not a substitute for veterinary care; however, it may save your pet's life until you can reach the veterinarian. In some cases, the veterinarian might give you guidance on treatment until you get your pet to them. Any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care.
So what is an emergency
Examples of emergency situations include-but are not limited to - bleeding, difficulty breathing, heatstroke, hypothermia, limb fractures, insect bites or allergic reactions, if your dog has ingested a foreign object or something toxic or has been hit by a car. In the event of an emergency, immediately call your veterinarian. If unsure or in doubt that the event is an emergency, it's always good to be cautious and ask your veterinarian.
Your pet first aid kit
Your Pet First Aid Kit should include:
Pet emergency contact list
It is important to have any necessary contact information readily at hand for dealing with a pet emergency. Your list should include:
Pet emergency paperwork
Your pet’s latest vaccination status and appropriate medical records will help your veterinarian in an emergency situation. If your pet’s paperwork is easily accessible in your Pet First Aid Kit, this will be helpful for your veterinarian for immediate treatment in an emergency.
The records should include:
Using our Petly Page, which is a secure personal health page for your pet that gives you direct access to your pet's health records 24/7, you can print all the above records for your kit.
Pet emergency medications
Having some emergency medications in your Pet’s First Aid Kit can be helpful in emergency situations, but it is important to consult with your veterinarian regarding the appropriate dosing and whether these medications are safe or indicated for your pet:
Having a first aid kit ready for your beloved pet, hopefully will make the situation easier when an emergency arises. In all cases your veterinarian should be contacted first to give you the best course of action for the safety of your pet.
Please update your Pet First Aid Kit every 6 months to make sure you have everything you need, and medications are not expired. And remember to keep the kit out of the reach of children. Emergencies are scary but if you're prepared , you can help to provide the best possible outcome for your pet. Keeping our pets safe and healthy is always our top priority.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can always visit or call us – we want to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
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