Holiday Pet Safety
December abounds with holiday celebrations, but nothing can spoil the good cheer like an emergency trip to the veterinary clinic. These tips, brought to you courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) can help keep your winter holiday season from becoming not-so-happy – for your pet and for you.
Plan in Advance
Make sure you know how to get to your 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic before there’s an emergency. Talk with your veterinarian in advance to find out where you would need to take your pet, and plan your travel route so you’re not trying to find your way when stressed. Always keep these numbers posted in an easy-to-find location in case of emergencies:
Your veterinarian’s clinic phone number
24/7 emergency veterinary clinic (if different)
ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 1-888-426-4435 (A fee may apply.)
Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 1-888-426-4435 (a fee may apply). Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Visit the AVMA website for more Holiday Pet Safety Tips.