Emergencies can strike at any moment, so it’s important to make sure that you have a plan in place for your pet. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps that you can take to avoid potentially disastrous outcomes. These include knowing the details of a reliable 24-hour vet and having strategies for non-medical emergencies, like natural disasters, evacuations or when your pet goes missing.
Here are a few ways that you can be prepared for a range of different pet emergencies.
Act before Your Pet Goes Missing
Pets go missing every day and unfortunately, they’re not always returned to their owners. One of the best ways to ensure that your pet is returned to you is to make sure you ID them efficiently.
This means that you need to keep your pet’s tags up to date and securely fastened to their collar so they can’t pull them off. You can also consider microchipping your pet. A microchip is a very small piece of technology that can be injected under your pet’s skin. It is a very routine procedure and it has helped to reunite thousands of cats and dogs with their owners. If your pet is found, they can be taken to a clinic and scanned and your information will then appear.
Also, make sure that you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
Make a Pet Emergency Kit
In the case of an evacuation or an emergency like a bush fire or a natural disaster, it’s always good to have an emergency kit packed for your pet. This could include:
- Food and bottled water
- Any medications your pet takes
- Veterinary records
- Cat litter and pan
- Food dishes
- Manual can opener
- First aid
- List of shelters and/or motels that will take pets in case of emergency
- Secure leashes and pet carriers
Store the Number of a Trusted after Hours Vet
Make sure that you know the details of a 24 hour vet in your area and store their after-hours contact number somewhere safe. Keep a close note of your pet’s symptoms and be ready to relay any details about what they have eaten, how they have acted, or how their symptoms have presented.
Northside Emergency Veterinary Service is here for you 24/7 – after hours, on the weekends and during public holidays. We are your 365 day a year pet emergency clinic in Sydney. If you have a medical pet emergency, don’t hesitate to come to us for assistance.