Just like kids, dogs and cats are prone to accidents. "It's so important not to panic when your pet is hurt," says Ines de Pablo, chief officer of Wag'N Enterprises, specialists in pet emergency management. "Having the right tools on hand and enough knowledge about how to help before you can get to the vet is crucial." Our guide shows you how to prevent incidents and be prepared if and when a problem strikes.
Track Your Pet's Health
De Pablo suggests performing a health assessment on a weekly basis so you can catch a small issue before it becomes something major. Keep your pet safe by doing the following:
- Rub your pet's fur to feel for any abnormal bumps, cuts, or lumps.
- Look in your animal's mouth and on his tongue for any swelling, discoloration, or other abnormalities.
- Monitor changes in eating or drinking habits as well as urination and defecation and be sure to keep a record for your veterinarian.
- Write down ongoing health problems. If something changes, call the vet.