Dealing with Dog Injuries on Vacation
Nowadays most holiday makers like going for vacation with their dogs. They bring everything that they need including food supplies and emergency kits for themselves. While most people don’t forget to carry dog food, no one plans on how dog injuries will be handled.
This is probably because we don’t anticipate for such unfortunate events. But whether you are ready or not, they still happen when you least expect them. It’s easy to handle a dehydrated dog because you only need water to remedy the problem. But what do you do when your dog suffers a broken leg, has been stung by bees or gets a deep bruise in the head?
Identify Potential Dangers in Your Destination
Before you go for vacation, it is recommended that you do your homework on any potential threats within the place that you intend to visit. Some of the dangers include diseases that are spread by certain parasites, bacteria found in stagnant water and poisonous plants. Once you have noted the potential risks, you should plan on how to counter them in advance. Knowing what you are supposed to do in case of an injury helps in making wrong decisions out of desperation.
Search for Vets in Advance
Now that you know where you are going for your vacation, you should search for local vets in that area. You should also get their telephone numbers and dial to test whether the lines are still operational. In fact, you should arm yourself with at least three contact numbers of different vets so that you have an option when one line fails to go through. The good thing is that you can get recommendations from friends and relatives. The worst mistake you can make is to wait until an injury comes calling to start asking around.
Carry Your Dog’s Medical Records
It’s important to carry your dog’s medical records to your holiday destination. This is because in the event of an injury, the vet on call will refer to the dog’s health history. It’s actually difficult for you to remember everything during an emergency. It’s also recommended that you carry your vet’s contact details because the vet handling your dog might want to consult him. You can carry the documents in hard copies but it would be better if you stored them electronically in a flash disk. This makes it easier to access them and protects them from potential damages while on transit.
Bring Emergency Kit
You can’t afford to forget to bring an emergency kit when going for a holiday. It actually comes in handy when you are in the middle of nowhere. The kit contains tools that can be used to deal with minor cuts, bruises, splinter and stomach disorders. Some of the items that are contained in an emergency kit include:
- A blanket or tarp to protect or help transport the pet
- Bandages for cuts and scrapes
- Chemical cold packs to reduce swelling
- Antihistamines for allergic reactions
- Water for hydration
- Muzzle for gagging the dog if it becomes hostile