When your beloved pet experiences a medical emergency it can feel scary and overwhelming. Sometimes it is obvious they need medical care like when they experience a trauma. Other times we know something isn’t right but aren’t sure what is wrong with them. Fortunately, emergency vet care is available for when things go wrong, and your pet needs immediate help. If you aren’t sure if you are dealing with an emergency, a phone call to a local animal hospital can inform you whether to bring in your pet. Ideally, pet owners will find a trusted veterinarian for routine care who is also available for emergencies 24/7.
Finding a Trusted Vet
While referrals from friends make a good start, you can find a vet local to you by typing “pet care edmonds wa” into your web browser. That way you can also visit the clinic’s website and learn more about it before making a visit. Regardless, it is still preferable to visit the facility before enrolling your pet as a patient at an office. Find out if the vet is AAHA accredited. AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited hospital have strict standards of care, equipment, and technology on hand so that they can expertly diagnose and handle any kind of emergency pets may experience.
Any veterinary office should also be willing to offer you a tour of their facilities. Your pet’s vet can also advise you on the best routine of care for your pet once they become established as a patient. If you have a bird, reptile, or an exotic pet be sure that you find a veterinarian qualified to provide the best care for your specific animal.
Get the Most Out of Your Pet’s Veterinarian
While the vet’s office should be your first call in an emergency or when your animal is sick or injured, your local vet offers a lot of resources beyond urgent care. Keeping up with routine preventative care is an important step toward ensuring your vet knows your pet and their needs, it also is invaluable when it comes to preventing major health issues before they occur. Vets are also an excellent resource when it comes to understanding your pet’s behavior and how to ideally care for your furry companion. Ask your vet about their emergency services so that you are prepared in case an issue arises. Even vets without after hours care should have an answering service you can call or a recommended local animal hospital.
Finding a trusted veterinarian and establishing routine care is an important first step for any pet owner, regardless of the species of pet. If an emergency does occur, it’s important to have access to an office you can call to receive a recommendation of how to proceed. Pets display illness and trauma differently than humans do, but an animal hospital can take your call and advise you on the best route of care based on a description of symptoms.