There are 7 major categories of dangers to avoid. Know what the hazards are so you can protect your pet. We will cover each category in much more detail in subsequent videos.

1.0 Avoiding Dangers

The most important part of a first aid course is how to prevent the emergencies from happening altogether. In this section we’re going to be discussing the common hazards leading to emergency visits and how to avoid them and protect pets.

There are seven main categories of dangers that face your pet that can be avoided.

  1. Toxins which includes household poisons and drugs
  2. Vehicle dangers
  3. Other animals
  4. Not keeping dangers away from the pets – pets are toddlers and they need the adults in their life to keep them safe
  5. Looking to the wrong places like Google and Facebook for medical advice where you can find a lot of really bad information
  6. Purchasing a breed from an irresponsible breeder that has bad genetics that can end you up in the emergency room at a very early age
  7. Bad preventative maintenance and wellness care

We’ll go into a little bit more detail about each of these.

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


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!”


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.


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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