Do you know what to do if your pet is having an emergency?
Recently, my husband and I had the misfortune of learning all about pet emergencies when our oldest cat, Dot started to have some problems. You can read more about her storyover on my blog, but let me just say, having a sick pet is one of the worst feelings. Since they can’t let you know exactly what’s wrong you feel helpless. They’re clearly miserable but you have no idea what to do.
I have to give a major shoutout to our vet clinic,Pets First in Chicago。每个人都有非凡的接待ists to the vet techs to the vet who saw Dot. I’ve always loved our vet, but in this situation especially they were amazing. When I had to pick up appetite stimulants because Dot still wouldn’t eat, the receptionist there talked with me for about 15 minutes and gave me some tips and advice on how to help Dot eat. That same receptionist saw I had scheduled Dot the next day when she STILL wouldn’t eat and told me to not even bother coming in and go straight to the animal ER.
去年，我们的猫，奥拉夫决定他要开始撒尿，所以我们学会了最亲近的动物呃。直到那个点，动物急诊室真的不在我的雷达上。我知道他们可能存在，我只是不知道他们在哪里。Find out where the closest ER在您有宠物紧急情况之前在您的附近。当你处理生病或伤害宠物时，你可能没有很多时间来弄清楚去哪里。您也可以与您的兽医交谈，了解是否与本地ERS有任何合作伙伴关系。我们的兽医和我们的急诊室紧密合作，所以有关我们宠物的信息，它真的很容易来回通过。这使得保持同一页面上的每个人更容易。
Ask A Ton Of Questions
This may seem like an obvious tip, but so often we don’t really use it. Chances are, you’re going to get a lot of information in a short amount of time and it can feel overwhelming. You might just sit there and nod your head without asking any questions and then five hours later be pacing the floor worrying about everything. At least that’s what I did. After the initial diagnosis, my husband and I just felt awful and walked home without talking much to the doctor. We spent the entire night worrying and wondering what was going on. Finally, we made a list of all our questions and brought that the next time we met with the doctor and felt SO much better. If you’re like me and don’t think quickly and need some time to formulate questions, write everything down. You can also call and talk over the phone if that is easier for you. No matter what you do, don’t be afraid to ask any and every question you have. Even if it seems silly or trite, it feels better to talk it out than keep it bottled up.
Have A Pet Savings Account or Pet Insurance
Oh, my friends, this is an important one. Medical expenses for pets are JUST as expensive as human medical expenses but many of us don’t prepare for them. Luckily, my husband is a saver and we have a savings account just for our pets and thankfully we didn’t have to dip too much into our other accounts to cover this last trip. We have since gotten pet insurance for our other two healthy cats (it doesn’t make much sense for Dot at this point because she now has a pre-existing condition that won’t be covered) and I’m surprised at how cheap it is. For $50 a month, we get a $10,000 limit with a deductible of $500 and then it covers about 80% after that deductible is met. You can customize your plan through theASPCAand make one that works for your pet. Pet insurance might not cover every medical expense, but it will help cut down the cost immensely. You should still save a little money each month for pet emergency so you don’t have to worry about finances while you’re also worrying about your pet’s health.
Be There For Your Pet