Can I do anything ahead of time to prepare in case my pet needs emergency care?
It’s important to have an emergency plan so if your cat or dog suddenly needs medical care, you won’t be caught off guard.
Here are four steps you can take before an emergency happens to be better prepared:
- Familiarize yourself with your local emergency veterinary clinics or pet hospitals, such as Clarkson Village Animal Hospital. The best case scenario is a clinic – like ours – that is open 24/7, every day, with a veterinarian and Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) on-site at all times. You must make sure that you are not calling an “emergency hospital” with the vet at home on call.
- Consider cost – some emergency hospitals charge an extra emergency fee, but at the Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, we do not charge an extra emergency fee; our fees are identical day and night.
- Consider how long it would take you to travel to the emergency vet clinic – physical distance is not as important as the amount of time it takes. Also, in the case of emergency, ask the veterinary hospital the anticipated waiting time. A hospital farther away with a shorter waiting time may be a better option.
- Write down the emergency clinic’s number and keep it somewhere handy, like on the fridge, in a drawer, or on your phone, so you won’t have to spend time looking it up if an accident happens. You can also keep our address handy, or look us up on your mobile phone to get directions to the hospital.