Oh No! A Pet Emergency, What do I do next?

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Two Paws Up Tuesday Tip of The Week!

Preparing for an Emergency
*If you are leaving your pet at a boarding kennel or with a caregiver, be sure to leave a phone number where you can be reached.
*Leave written authorization and advanced medical directives with your veterinarian and any other surrogate decision makers regarding your pet’s health care.
*Have on hand your pet’s medication information (names & doses), collar and tags, medical records and vaccination history, microchip number, tattoo, or other identifying marks and a recent photo, in case your pet gets lost.
*Keep your veterinarian’s phone number, the nearest 24 hour emergency clinic phone number with directions, and the NATIONAL ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER (1-888-426-4435) phone number on hand.
*Learn basic animal first aid from your local Red Cross.
*Assemble a pet first aid kit.
First Aid Kits
Many first aid kits are available through pet supply stores, hunting/sporting goods stores and online shopping. Having a first aid kit in your car as well as your home is recommended as accidents can occur away from the home. Look for kits with the following supplies or create your own:
FIRST AID CHECKLIST
*1″ or 2″ adhesive tape
*2″ or 4″ roll gauze
*3% hydrogen peroxide
*Bandage scissors
*Blanket
*Bulb syringe
*E-collar
*Eye wash (saline solution)
*Gauze pads
*Ice pack
*Latex gloves
*Muzzle
*Nylon leash
*Petroleum or KY Jelly
*Plastic wrap (such as Saran Wrap)
*Rectal thermometer
*Tick removal tool or tweezers
Information courtesy of : Pet Emergency Resource Guide. Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists

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