Month: October 2015

It’s Midnight, Do You Know Where Your Pets’ Urgent Pet Care Clinic is Located?

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People might like to tease “cat ladies” and people who treat their pets like kids, but we have a heartwarming fact to silence these nasty critics. According to a recent survey of American pet owners, 66% said they view their pet as their best friend. That’s because dogs and cats really do make great friends; these trusty animals have evolved side-by-side with human beings.

We belong together.

If you are a new pet owner, of if you’ve recently moved to a new area, then one of the most important things you can do is to find a 24/7 urgent pet care center near you. Just like any parent would do for their children, you should know exactly where to take your little pup or kitten in the case of an emergency. Trust us, you don’t want to be frantically Googling “urgent pet care near me” in the middle of the night.

Find Emergency Veterinary Services BEFORE Disaster Strikes…

Remember when you were a child and your parents would leave you with a babysitter? Do you remember that they used to leave a piece of paper on the refrigerator with a list of phone numbers to call in emergencies? Poison control, doctors, neighbors, and other emergency contacts. Yes, this was most likely in an age before smartphones, but even 2015 parents leave similar information for their babysitters today.

You should have a similar list of phone numbers written down for your pet, too. Especially if you ever ask a friend or neighbor to pet sit for you, you’ll want to make sure you know exactly what they should do if the worst happens. Not only will this help protect your dog, cat, or other family pet in emergencies, it will also give you peace of mind in happier times as well.

If possible, you should also try and find an urgent pet care center that also provides routine tests and vaccinations. That means the veterinarian or clinic will have a personal history treating your sick dog or cat if you do seek out urgent pet care one day in the future.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that there are as many as 80 million pet dogs and 96 million pet cats living in U.S. homes. And at one point or another, all of those animals will need emergency care. Don’t wait, be prepared for anything.

What to Do If You Think Your Pet Is Unwell

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Obviously, pets can’t talk. Things would be a lot easier if they could. If they could, they’d be able to tell us whether they were hungry, wanted to play, or needed to go out. They’d also be able to tell us if they weren’t feeling well.

Unfortunately though, they can’t, and so it’s up to pet owners to decide whether they should take their furry friends to the veterinarian if they think they’re unwell. There are luckily a few signs you can watch out for to see if your pet needs to go to an advanced veterinary care center or not.

If your cat is being unusually vocal…

If your cat is being unusually vocal, you may need to take it to the veterinary hospital to get looked at. But first, make sure all of its needs are met. Feed your cat, and give it attention. If your cat continues to be vocal, do a visual inspection for signs of trauma, and feel along the back, legs, and tail. Even if you don’t feel a wound or swelling, you may need to go to the vet still.

If your dog is acting oddly…

If your dog is acting oddly, it may have to go to the veterinary hospital. You know your dog better than anyone, so you’ll be the first to realize it’s acting different. Maybe it’s appetite isn’t there. Maybe it’s excessively thirsty. Maybe its coat is rough or dry. Maybe it’s sluggish or lethargic. Maybe it’s vomiting. It could be a number of things. Although many of these behaviors aren’t unusual for dogs, they may indicate that something’s wrong, and that the dog needs medical attention.

If the vet says to bring it in…

The most important thing you can do if you think your pet is unwell is to call your veterinary hospital and ask. Chances are they’ll make you an appointment to get your pet looked at, but if it’s an emergency, they’ll tell, and have you bring your pet in immediately. Either way, calling your vet is the best course of action if you think something’s up.

If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.