You’re a responsible pet owner. You love your pet, and it shows. You feed him only the best food, walk him every day, and spoil him with his favorite bacon treats or catnip. But will you be prepared if an emergency happens while camping with Boomer? Heatstroke happens. Poisonous liquids get ingested. Animals get hurt. What do you do if a CAT-astrophe happens when you’re hundreds of miles from your veterinarian? Here are some tips for ensuring that Boomer gets DOG-gone fast emergency care if needed on your next adventure:
- Before you leave, make a list of veterinarians and 24-hour emergency veterinary hospitals along your route and near your final destination. Search on The American Animal Hospital Association website at https://www.aaha.org to compile your list. Put this list in an easy-to-remember place!
- Bring ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control contact number with you in case your pet ingests something poisonous. It is 888-426-4435. Add it to your Contacts or put it somewhere safe!
- Bring a copy of your pet’s current medical records with you. This should include information on current vaccinations and medications and any medical conditions your pet suffers from.
- Make sure that Boomer does not leave home without his collar that includes his name, address, and contact number. And make sure the information is up-to-date!
- Pack a first aid kit with a few essentials that you might need before help can be reached, such as styptic powder to stop bleeding, antibiotic ointment, bandages, and tweezers.
Camping with your furry friend is the best, and taking the necessary steps to ensure their safety is the best thing you can do for them!