P: 239-263-0480
F: 239-263-0488

10130 Market Street • Naples, FL 34112

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Preparing and Preventing

Preparing and preventing for pet emergencies ahead of time could save your pet’s life. If a crisis does occur, acting fast is important and we encourage you to call our 24-hour emergency room at 239-263-0480.

Ten Steps to Preparing for Pet Emergencies

  1. Post your veterinarian's number near your phone.
  2. Post the number of the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary facility near your phone.
  3. Know the location of the nearest 24-hour emergency facility.
  4. Know the phone number of Poison Control – (800) 222-1222
  5. Make sure your pet always wears an identification tag.
  6. Microchip your pet so that it can be identified electronically if lost.
  7. Because emergencies are an unexpected cost for owners, consider getting pet insurance or qualifying for credit plans, like Care Credit.
  8. Keep a muzzle for dogs. Ask your family veterinarian about guidelines for its use.
  9. Consult with your regular veterinarian about preparing for pet emergencies with first-aid products that make sense for you and your pet.
  10. In case of a natural disaster or other large emergency, have a plan to evacuate your pet. Government shelters and hotels often prohibit pets. Get a list of pet-friendly hotels or shelters and their rules.

Ten Steps to Preventing Pet Emergencies

  1. Keep all poisonous substances away from your pet, in a pet-proof cupboard or container. Anti-freeze is especially tasty AND deadly to pets. Secure containers and clean up any spills in your garage or driveway.
  2. Pick up any pills or capsules that fall to the floor.
  3. Cats are far safer kept indoors. Keep dogs on leashes when outside and not fenced-in.
  4. Transport pets in kennels, especially cats.
  5. On warmer days, limit your dog’s activity outdoors, and watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke (such as excessive panting, hot skin, weakness, etc.)
  6. Ask your veterinarian about plants that are toxic in your local area. When you acquire plants, you should ask your landscaper or nursery expert about the toxicity of those plants.
  7. Ask your veterinarian about wildlife threats in your local areas. These dangers may include poisonous insects, snakes, toads and wild animals like coyotes.
  8. If you know your pet has a fear of storms, keep the animal indoors if bad weather is likely.
  9. On the Fourth of July and other holiday celebrations, keep pets away from fireworks, preferably indoors, away from excessive noise and stray explosions.
  10. Maintain an ongoing relationship with a family veterinarian. Follow their advice about routine check-ups to keep your pet healthy.

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10130 Market Street | Naples, FL 34112
P: 239-263-0480
F: 239-263-0488

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