How to Prevent and Prepare for a Pet Emergency

Some things to consider to help prevent and prepare for a pet emergency.
  • Store a pet first aid kit in your home and car.
  • Never leave your pet in the car alone. Accidents and heat stroke can happen!
  • Make sure your home and yard areas are safe and secure so pets don’t run away.
  • Lock up medications, cleaners, cosmetics, and chemicals pets can get into.
  • Keep your pet away from the pool or hot tub when unattended.
  • In public, your pet should be leashed and under your control at all times.
  • Make sure you have your pet’s medical history for emergencies.
  • Certain items are toxic for pets to eat: any candy or gum with artificial sweetener, onions, grapes, raisins, avocados, macadamia nuts, chocolate, coffee, alcoholic beverages, or any drugs not prescribed for that pet.
  • Keep clothes, toys, or any objects that pets are tempted to eat out of the way as they can cause intestinal blockages.
  • If you own a pet bird, fumes from cleaning with oven cleaners or cooking with Teflon pans can kill; choose other household items.
  • Keep pets away from electrical cords they might like to chew on.
  • Many cases of poisoning happen with pets consuming pesticides, mulch, de-icing salts, antifreeze, gasoline, oil, or even poisonous plants. Keep an eye on your pet outside.

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