April is the month of “First Aid Awareness for Domestic Animals” and it is good to get the best information to help our little friends in case of an emergency. It can happen that our cat starts coughing and breathing and then collapses with a strange or terrified expression. In this case, what should we do? Here are 8 steps to follow in case of a feline emergency.
Follow a pet first aid course
In America, in fact, the Red Cross offers courses of this type lasting one day that help the owner to recognize an emergency and know how to deal with it. You can also find good animal emergency training courses online.
Get a first aid kit for pets
The American Red Cross offers a list of things you need to create a feline first aid kit (which you can find by clicking on this link), which can be created by buying the necessary tools one at a time.
Have emergency numbers saved on your phone
It is important to have the national emergency number for injured animals at hand, so that our pet can’t get worse. In the Italian case the number is 199 302 118.
Know how to reach the nearest veterinarian
For any eventuality, it is always a good idea to inquire about the centers equipped for animal first aid or to equip yourself with gps and look for the one nearest to home.
Bring your cat’s clinical records to your vet
Even if you are in the heat of the moment, always try to bring your kitten’s clinical records with you, they will be of great help to the vet who will visit him or her as they will tell him or her more about your cat’s health. This way you can act better and faster.
Take out health insurance on your pet
If you can afford it, health insurance is the ideal solution. In fact, if after you have paid the medical costs by filing a claim where you claim to have health insurance, you will be refunded everything.
Have emergency credit available
Offering the right care to our pets has a price that may vary but will certainly not be low or affordable for everyone. It is advisable to save something for emergencies.
Find a means of transport in advance
Not everyone has the opportunity to take our little patient to the vet in person. Unfortunately, buses do not pass at all hours and in all parts of the city and taxis may take a long time to get to your home if they are very busy. In order to avoid this unpleasant situation which can only lead to further damage to the animal, it is best to anticipate and find someone willing to accompany you immediately, no matter what happens. In such cases you can certainly count on the support of relatives, friends or a good-hearted neighbour.
If you follow these simple steps, you are sure to be helping your furry friend in the best possible way. Don’t despair, there is always a solution!