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Emergency Procedures to Discuss with your Veterinarian

Emergency Procedures to Discuss with your Veterinarian

Before you have to deal with an emergency, you should discuss the possibility with your veterinarian so that you can be prepared to take action quickly. You should know the answers to the following questions:

  • What number should I call if my pet gets sick or injured after regular business hours?

  • Where is the closest 24-hour emergency facility? (Visit their website, review any emergency tips, and download directions.)

  • Are pet first aid classes available in my area?

  • Do I have a complete pet first aid kit and do I know where it is located?

  • What are some techniques for restraining my pet? Do I have a muzzle?

  • What transport techniques are recommended?

  • What should I do if my pet has an obstruction of the airway due to a foreign object?