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.