One of the most upsetting and panic inducing events that can occur is the injury or severe illness of a pet. Will you be ready to respond quickly and efficiently if your pet were hit by a car, seizing suddenly, or chewed up in a dog fight?

Have the number of your veterinarian, and whom they refer to when they are closed (emergency clinic), and animal poison control in your purse or wallet, on your refrigerator, and programmed into your cell phone.

Have an old sturdy blanket available to lift and cover your pet in order to transport him to the veterinary facility.Know the shortest route to both your veterinarian and local emergency facility.

Have a first aid kit made up and readily available including

  • Gauze pads

  • Rubber gloves

  • Adhesive tape for bandages

  • Bandage materials

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Scissors

  • Benadryl

  • Muzzle to fit your pet

  • List of medications your pet takes

  • Fresh bottle of Hydrogen peroxide – 3%

  • Bandaging tape

  • Ace bandage

  • Large bottle of saline eye cleaner for cleaning wounds and eyes

Remember that when your pet is in pain and scared, they are much more likely to bite or scratch, don’t hesitate to muzzle them unless they are having problems breathing, or are open mouth breathing

To avoid human injury, do not allow children or any strangers to handle your pet when it is hurt.Follow your veterinarian’s instructions for transporting your pet.

A sturdy, plastic cat carrier is good to have when transporting your cat.

Do not administer any medication without first contacting your medical professional.