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Pet Emergency Tips

Pet_hospitals_and_emergency_clinics.jpgIf you need emergency care for your pet, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) offers listings for emergency clinics in the United States, Canada and other countries. You can also search for an American Animal Hospital Association- (AAHA) accredited hospital to ensure the highest standards and best care for your pet. The AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.

Other important contact numbers appear at the bottom of this page.

Talk to your vet before you ever leave home about potential problems that could affect your pet while traveling. He or she is skilled to provide insight about common injuries and illnesses that pets can likely encounter on the go.

Additionally, be sure to keep your vet’s contact information handy in case you need to call for help or advice while away from home traveling with your pet. It’s also a good idea to take along numbers of pet emergency organizations, such as the National Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435.

Here are a few pet travel tips to consider, pet first-aid items to take with you, and emergency contact information for pets should your pet become injured or lost:

  • Always take along information about your pet, including photos, breed, age, sex, color, and medical records.
  • If you are staying at a pet-friendly accommodation and your pet needs to be seen by a professional, check with the front desk about local veterinarian recommendations.
  • Pets often encounter minor gastrointestinal discomforts because of motion or eating prior to traveling. If your pet has diarrhea or is vomiting, try not giving food or water for several hours to see if the problem subsides.
  • If you observe a condition in your pet that you feel needs medical attention, you should make the appropriate contact with a local vet or pet hospital. Check these pet hospitals and emergency clinics or the local phone book in the town where you’re traveling.

Pet First-Aid Kit

Minor injuries and illnesses can usually be treated with the proper first-aid. Be familiar with the items you pack in your pet’s first-aid kit in case you need to use them. Here’s a list of some of the more common items:

  • Powder Styptic (toenail bleeding)
  • Latex Gloves (personal protection from blood)
  • Sterile Gauze Bandage (wrap wounds)
  • Eye & Skin Wash (flush wounds)
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment (wound)
  • Hydrocortisone Cream (rashes, itching)
  • Iodine Antiseptic wipes (sterilization)
  • Insect sting wipes (apply to insect bites/stings)
  • Adhesive Tape (secure bandage)
  • Gauze Pad (apply to wounds)
  • Scissors (trim hair and cut bandage or tape)
  • Hand Wipes (personal cleanup)
  • Antiseptic Towelettes (clean wound or hands)
  • Cotton Swabs (apply ointments or creams)
  • Pet Care Card (detailed first aid instructions)
  • Pet Emergency Card (record your vet’s emergency #’s)
  • Plastic Forceps (splinters/tick removal)

Important Pet Care Contacts

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) Hotline
(888) 426-4435 (24 hours a day/365 days a year)

American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA)

American Humane Association (AHA)
(800) 227-4645

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
(212) 876-7700

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
(800) 248-2862

Red Rover Responders)
(800) 440-3277

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
(202) 452-1100

Get Help Locating Your Lost Pet

AKC-CAR (Companion Animal Recovery)
24-hour recovery services for micro-chipped and tattooed pets
(800) 252-7894
5580 Centerview Drive, Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27606-3389


(310) 652-9837

(888) 743-6465

Pets 911
(888) PETS-911
14646 North Kierland Boulevard, Ste. 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 889-2640
Fax: (480) 889-2660

Pet Finders (PetFinder.com)
(800) 666-5678

Help Me Find My Pet
(866) 699-FIND (3463)

Pet Emergency Preparedness

If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, you should be prepared with a well thought out plan to evacuate and have the supplies and emergency shelter you need for you and your pet. Consider these tips for Pet Emergency Preparedness.