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Who do I call in case of a pet emergency?

Time is crucial in emergencies! Keep all necessary contacts handy to help your pet quickly. This blog post will cover the most useful information to include on an emergency contact sheet.

A vector illustration on a large rectangle of a white paper-textured cross, on a night snow blue paper-textured background, where Violet, a medium-sized cat with white fur and only her left eye; Her left ear and tail are aubergine, is sitting on the right, looking up with her eye open and her tail around her legs, facing up and left to the cross shape.

When a sudden accident or illness occurs to your pet, the first instinct may be to panic or not know what to do. No matter how difficult the situation may be, it is essential to remain calm and act quickly to assist your pet.

To help with these situations, an easily accessible pet first aid kit can be life-saving. An emergency contact form is also an essential item in your kit, so you don't need to search for help in an emergency.

A vector illustration on a Night Snow Blue paper-textured rectangle with a smaller off-white rectangle in the bottom, of Lily, a slim, white-skinned, female-presenting woman with wavy aubergine hair down to her shoulders, and a white flower over her left ear, is facing you, behind an off-white surface where Violet is standing at her right. Lily is holding her phone, touching it with a worried face, and biting her lip. Violet is sitting with her right front leg up, with a traffic light green smudge coming out of her mouth and a small green area at her feet; her right eye is semi-closed, and her body is tilted to the left. Two lightning bolts appear at each side of Lily’s head.
Violet is puking frequently during the day and looks sick. Lily is stressed about it and looks at her emergency contacts on her phone.

The first information you need in an emergency contact form is your pet’s personal information in case someone else finds them.

Important information includes their age, physical description, known diseases and medication, microchip number and registration, and other information you think is relevant, such as their behavior with other pets or people.

Your personal information (name, contact, and address) is also needed if you are not present when your pet is in an emergency. Your work contact and address can help reach you quickly.

When you are not nearby or reachable, who is the person responsible for your pet? That person, your pet-buddy, can be a friend or family member, someone you trust your pet with. Include their contacts in your emergency contact sheet.

If your pet stays with a pet-sitter or in a pet-hotel when you are on vacation or need help, please include their contact information. Your pet is already familiar with them and may feel more comfortable in their company. If someone else you remember can be of help in an emergency, add their contact to your emergency contact sheet.

Finally, if your pet needs veterinarian assistance, provide your veterinarian and the nearest 24H veterinary Hospital contacts.

Having the support line contact at hand may help in case of intoxication or poisoning. Look for your local assistance helpline and other helplines that may save your pet’s life in an emergency.

You can also include a photo of your pet and their vital signs form . It can help identify your pet and their normal values in an emergency.

We prepared for you an pet emergency contact form. Check out our other bonus materials as well!

A vector illustration on a night snow blue paper-textured rectangle of Lily, facing you, walking from a Veterinary Hospital behind her.  The Veterinary Hospital is white light snow blue, with light night snow blue windows and a cross inside a paw icon on the front door. Lily is carrying a pet box with her left hand, where Violet sits and looks upwards. Lily looks at Violet and smiles.
Lily leaves the veterinary hospital with Violet inside her carrier. Both seem calm and happy, and Violet looks healthy.

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  2. Monteiro, Melanie. (2009). The Safe Dog Handbook. A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out. Quarry Books.

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