First Aid and Emergency
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY HAVING AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL US DURING BUSINESS HOURS AT (805) 545-8212 OR CALL THE CENTRAL COAST PET EMERGENCY CLINIC AT (805) 489-6573.
Knowing when it’s important to bring your pet straight to your veterinarian or if there is something you can do at home first is the reason we get many phone calls. Determining between home care and veterinary care can be very situational. We want to make sure you have the best and most reliable information on this subject. The two best online resources with very reliable information are HealthyPet.com and VeterinaryPartner.com.
HealthyPet.com is a site created by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and has great articles on what to do when your pet has an emergency, what to put in your pet’s first aid kit, and preventing poisonings!
VeterinaryPartner.com is designed specifically for clients by the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the largest online veterinary database. They have an entire online reference book on “First Aid: Emergency Care for Dogs and Cats.” There are also articles on everything from poisons and toxic plants to avoiding an ER visit for dogs and cats.
Disaster Preparedness and Response
In light of recent world event’s, creating a disaster preparedness plan can keep a bad situation from getting worse! For some helpful advice on creating a disaster preparedness plan and how to care for your pet in an emergency check out HealthyPet.com and FEMA.
With spring here, be careful of toxic plants, like lilies, or chocolate becoming a problem for your furry friend! HealthyPet.com has a couple great articles titled “Dangerous Gardens” and “Spring and Summer Gardening Hazards.” Xylitol and chocolate can also be very dangerous for our pets! One tip that may help if you think your dog ingested some chocolate is an iPhone app called “ChocoTox.” You can plug in the type of chocolate, how much and the size of your dog and it will tell you if your dog needs chocolate intervention. If you ever question at all, don’t ever hesitate to call your veterinarian and anyone should be able to tell you if treatment is necessary.