We have been talking about different aspects of dog adoption, and in the last few tips I’ve shared some of the things you might want to do when you first bring your dog home. In tip #11 we discussed taking your dog for a vet visit, and in this tip we’re talking about emergencies.
The first part of the tip is that you want to make sure that you know where your emergency vet is located. It’s one thing to know where your regular vet is but they’re not always open. Most veterinarians offer emergency care but they’re not all open 24 hours a day. You also want to make sure that you know where you’re going ahead of time. The emergency is stressful enough, but having to get yourself somewhere you’ve never been before adds time and stress to an already stressful situation. So have it mapped out ahead of time. The other suggestion is that you will want have an emergency kit. A pet first aid kit is similar to a human emergency kit, but includes items you can use on a pet. Accidents happen everywhere, and many people live in areas where disasters happen. You want to be prepared for the whole family- human and animal.
The tip for today is:
Have emergency kits available, including one specifically for your furry family members.
There are kits that you can purchase online or you can use the checklist especially prepared by our friends at Pet Safety Crusader. Click here to learn more about their pet first aid and safety classes. Or you can click here, scroll down to Tip #12 and grab a copy of the checklist.
As always, for more information, purchase a copy of What to Expect When Adopting a Dog!