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Other animals (pets, livestock and wildlife) pose a significant danger to pets, and is one of the most common reason pets are brought into the emergency room. Wildlife encounters are much more common than people think. Please comment below and share your experience with other pet lovers if you have had to learn the hard way about OTHER ANIMALS.

1.3 Other Animals

If you have your pet in an area where there are other animals present, make sure that you register that it is a danger.

Introducing a new pet into the home and dog parks – these are situations that require very close supervision.

Dogs will run after bears, coyotes and other wildlife. Porcupine quills is a perfect example- if you’ve ever seen a porcupine, they’re so docile and so slow moving that for dogs to be coming in with the quills in their face it really means that they were antagonizing that wild animal.

The take-home point is always prevention. What can you do to prevent an emergency? Most injuries resulting from conflicts with wildlife are preventable. If you are in a wildlife area, dogs are like toddlers and just don’t understand the dangers. You should keep your pet under close supervision or on leash to protect them from dangers like other animals.

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Here are the 3 best pieces of advice from the emergency vet that could save your pet’s life:

1) DON’T WAIT TOO LONG TO GET HELP!

If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, “when in doubt, check it out!”

2) PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE

Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (such as toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at 8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.

3) BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO

Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners’ ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.

**REMEMBER**: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, with the best interest of the patient as everyone’s first priority. Let your vet do what he/she does best, and don’t try to grab the steering wheel and obstruct your vet from doing his/her job. We are all in the same car, we are all headed to the same place, but only one of us has the driver’s license (meaning, only the vet has the medical training and background to “drive the car”).

Please remember to spay/ neuter your pet, and to donate to your local animal shelter- they really need your help!

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