Recently, my soon-to-be Sister-in-Law had a run in with two little dogs, being walked by a young boy, who ran across the street and attacked her lovable dog Bear. A typical walk down the street turned nasty in an instant, and luckily, neither her, Bear, or the other dogs were seriously injured and didn’t require an emergency trip to the vet.
Hopefully you’ve never had to experience rushing your pet to the vet for a serious emergency situation, but if you have or if you haven’t, you either now know or you should know how important it is always be prepared. While working as a vet tech I saw a lot…HBC (hit-by-car), heat stroke from being left in a hot car, bee and insect stings, bloat, broken legs, dog bites, and lots of other emergency situations that come with the territory of owning a pet. Now more than ever, especially this time of year when more people are out and about with their pets enjoying the weather and longer days, should you be prepared for any such situations.
For some great tips on how to be prepared for pet emergency, we have a really great Guest Post for you, courtesy of The Wet Nose Guide!
Emergency Dog Care In New York (Or YOUR City!): Preparation Is Key
By: The Wet Nose Guide
As many dog owners have found out in awful, harrowing scenarios, emergency medical care for your furry friend is not the kind of thing you want to play by ear. In a large city like New York, there are dozens of emergency care centers and a much larger number of veterinarians and such overwhelming number of options can make an already bad situation worse. Luckily, scary situations can be made better through preparation. A basic knowledge of NYC’s emergency vets can help ensure that a potentially bad situation with your pooch turns out alright.
When faced with a doggie health emergency, your first instinct might be to call one of the many emergency vets that specialize in urgent care. However, if your health problem arises during regular business hours, the very first person you should call is your regular vet. Unlike emergency vets, your primary veterinarian should be familiar with your pup, and may be able to offer greater insight into the problem than a vet that has just been introduced. Furthermore, if your dog’s illness is the result of a pre-existing condition known to your veterinarian, medication may be in stock that other New York vets do not carry. This option is, of course, entirely dependent upon your personal veterinarian being available at the time of an emergency, however, the most knowledgeable option is always best.
If your regular veterinarian is not available to tend to your pup during a health crisis, you should next turn to a nearby, pre-selected emergency care center (preferably one that is open 24/7, in case the emergency occurs late at night). Be sure to put together a list of two to three possible New York emergency vets that you trust to take care of your dog, and visit them at least once to make sure their facilities are adequate.
Dealing with your canine companion’s health emergency can be one of the scariest experiences of your life. A little preparation however, paired with the right information, can go a long way towards bringing such situations to a short and happy conclusion.
How are you prepared to face a pet emergency, should one unexpectedly arise?!