Last week I had a scary moment with Walter, while playing with another dog his eye was dislodged from the socket creating one of the scariest moments of my life. The first thing I did was asses the situation it was clear that his eye had popped out which was not a pretty sight to see but looking past that his eye seemed functional and was able to follow my finger slightly. The damage was not as bad as it looked however no time was to be wasted. I immediately called his regular vet, explained the situation, and within less than 5 minutes of the incident I was on the road to seek medical attention. My fast action helped prevent any damage to ocular nerve and he is now in perfect health with both eyes are intact. Now though the whole ordeal I managed to stay calm and focused despite my emotions, but I’ve come to realize that being prepared for emergency situations is extremely important but we often fail to plan for emergencies with out pets.
Since the scare I be have been working relentlessly to do everything I can to help prepare for accidents and medical emergencies.
- Pet insurance! If you can afford it, it is worth it. Medical costs can be expensive so by investing in pet insurance you can be less stressed about the cost and more focused on the well being of your fur-baby.
- Have you regular vets phone number already saved in your contacts. I owe great thanks to having Walters vet number already saved in my phone as it helped me be able to get him medical attention fast. I have since also added a 24 hour vet number into my contacts just in case I ever need it in the future. I would also include the address if you know already know the directions by heart so that you can get the directions in a click of a button rather than looking it up.
- Have a filled first aid kit. You don’t need a dog specific first aid kit, a nice regular first aid kit works just fine! I would just also add a cone in there because as I learned from this experience; dogs will scratch at something when it’s irritated and you don’t want them causing any additional damage, especially eyes. Having a cone handy would have prevented a lot of headache while driving.
- Get certified in pet CPR. Something that I already have done due to eagerness to learn in my studies for veterinary technician. To some this may seem like an bit of an overly extra step but when it comes down to it, it good to know this information regardless as both human and animal cpr has similarities and you never know when it will come handy.
We love our pets and everything we can do to protect them is important. I hope this helps someone in their efforts to keep their fur babies safe!