Sunday, December 2, 2012

Are you prepared for a medical emergency?

It can happen in the blink of an eye........your dog can become seriously ill, suffer an injury or have an accident requiring emergency veterinary care.   Being prepared and knowing your options can make the difference between life and death for your pet. 

Knowing what emergency services your Veterinarian offers is very important.   Start by asking them  the following questions:

  • Do they have after hours emergency services? 
  • Do they have on site x-ray and laboratory services?
  • Do they have an on call surgical team?
  • Do they have an ICU should your dog need to stay for a few days?
Having the answers to these questions will help you determine where to take your pet in the event of a medical emergency.   Most general practice Vet Clinics have very limited emergency care due to limited staffing and equipment.   While they may be able to help with basic care such as treatment for vomiting or stitching up a minor cut, they may not be able to help your pet if they should have a medical emergency after hours. 

The majority of Pet Parents rely on Emergency Vet Hospitals for after hours care.  Talk with your Veterinarian and find out where they refer to in your area.  If your pet has a chronic medical condition  makes sure your Veterinarian is available by phone to provide your pets medical history as needed.

Not all Emergency Clinics provide full service care when it comes to things like ICU services,  MRI, ultrasound, orthopedic surgeries, poisoning, just to name a few.   Once you've identified an Emergency Hospital in your area, take a few minutes to contact them and ask what services they do and DO NOT provide. 

The final step in being prepared for a medical emergency is being able to pay the bill.  The cost of emergency care can be double that of your regular Veterinarian so many Pet Parents are purchasing Pet Insurance.  There are a number of plans to chose from so do your homework.   There are plans that cover only emergency care and plans that cover everything from ear infections to foreign body surgery.   Over the years I've tried a variety of Policies and I choose to insure my dogs with Healthy Paws Pet Insurance.  The customer service is exceptional and the reimbursement is better than my own health insurance for everything from ear infections to physical therapy.  To learn more about Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, follow the link below.



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