Are you prepared for a medical emergency? Do you have insurance, a first aid kit, your doctor’s number located in a convenient place should the need arise? Most people have emergency plans mapped out and are ready should anyone in their home get hurt. Did you think about your pet in this plan? Most pet owners are not prepared for a pet emergency, but here are some ways you can get ready now.
Being mentally prepared for any emergency is hard to do. You never know what will happen or when. However, being prepared and ready for the most common emergencies can help keep you calm when an emergency arises. You will be able to handle pet emergencies better if you are prepared mentally.
Making a list of all of the items you may need during a pet emergency is an excellent place to start. Knowing where your local pet ER is should be at the top of this list. It might even help to meet the staff there, in case you need them. It is always better working with someone you are comfortable with and know.
You will also want to include your vet’s information, a list of medications your pet takes, immunization records, and the type of food your pet eats. All of this information or at least copies of this information should be in your pet’s first aid kit.
There are too many possible pet emergencies to list in one place. This fact makes it hard to save for such emergencies. With this fact in mind, it is often recommended to have pet insurance. Like medical insurance, you would have for yourself; pet insurance will give you financial peace of mind with regards to your beloved pet.
Having insurance for your pet will prepare you should the unthinkable happen. You want to make sure that the type of coverage you have is accepted at your closest emergency and critical care center.
Knowing Where to Go
The final step you need to take to prepare yourself for a pet emergency is knowledge. You need to know where to go for emergency veterinary services. You also want to know what services are provided and it would be good to tour the facilities. Having this information beforehand will go a long way to your mental preparedness as well.
Having all of the prep work listed above done, before the need arises will help make sure that the only thing you have to worry about during pet emergencies is your pet.