Updated: Sep 14
"According to the American Animal Association (AAHA), one out of four pets would survive a medical emergency if just one first aid technique were applied prior to veterinary care"
You never know when or where an emergency will occur which is why we keep a kit for rover at home, in our vehicles and in our travel gear. Keep in mind, a first aid kit doesn't do anyone a bit of good if you don't know how to properly administer first aid to an injured animal.
I recently completed a wilderness first aid for dogs class sponsored by my veterinarian. You can find similar classes online as well.
As stated by the American Veterinary Medical Association, first aid administered to an animal should always be followed by immediate veterinary care. Although first aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, it can save an animal's life until it receives veterinary treatment.
Recommended Emergency Documentation for Rover
Have a copy of your pet's medical and vaccine records available. If you need to seek veterinary care while out of town you will be able to present current medical history.
I also keep a laminated card with phone numbers for my veterinarian, poison control, friend and/or relative that can help in an emergency situation.
Know Where You're Going
If you and rover are going to be ruff'n it in the great outdoors do a little research and identify local poisonous or dangerous plants and animals that you may encounter. I also print out the numbers to nearby 24-hour emergency veterinary clinics wherever our adventures take us. A little planning can go a long way in an emergency.