How to prepare for an emergency:
- Record your veterinarian’s and
Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care Care’s phone numbers and addresses on a sheet of paper. Title the page: PET EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS.
- Create a pet authorization form for emergency medical treatment to be used in your absence. Whether you have someone staying in your home while you’re gone for the day or several days, the pet’s caretaker will need your authorization and payment arrangements written down. Sign the document and make several copies that you can give to your vet or the emergency animal hospital. Make sure to include the breed of the animal and his or her name.
- On the authorization form, include the names and quantities of any prescription medicines or foods you give to your pet. The vet will need to know this in advance.
- Also include, if you can, a list of inoculations your pet has had. If the vet does not have a copy of your pet’s files, it’s most helpful if you have a folder with all your pet’s paperwork, including inoculation history, medical history, and prescriptions.
- Somewhere in your home, vehicle, or apartment, keep a small tote bag that contains the essentials you’d need to have in the event of a pet emergency. You can swap things out or replace used items as required. The point is to be prepared.
It’s easier to think when you’re not in the middle of a crisis situation.