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
- Post your veterinarian's number near your phone.
- Post the number of the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary facility near your phone.
- Know the location of the nearest 24-hour emergency facility.
- Know the phone number of Poison Control – (800) 222-1222
- Make sure your pet always wears an identification tag.
- Microchip your pet so that it can be identified electronically if lost.
- Because emergencies are an unexpected cost for owners, consider getting pet insurance or qualifying for credit plans, like Care Credit.
- Keep a muzzle for dogs. Ask your family veterinarian about guidelines for its use.
- Consult with your regular veterinarian about preparing for pet emergencies with first-aid products that make sense for you and your pet.
- 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
- 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.
- Pick up any pills or capsules that fall to the floor.
- Cats are far safer kept indoors. Keep dogs on leashes when outside and not fenced-in.
- Transport pets in kennels, especially cats.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Ask your veterinarian about wildlife threats in your local areas. These dangers may include poisonous insects, snakes, toads and wild animals like coyotes.
- If you know your pet has a fear of storms, keep the animal indoors if bad weather is likely.
- On the Fourth of July and other holiday celebrations, keep pets away from fireworks, preferably indoors, away from excessive noise and stray explosions.
- Maintain an ongoing relationship with a family veterinarian. Follow their advice about routine check-ups to keep your pet healthy.