Week #4: Pet Emergencies
If you are fortunate to be a pet guardian, then you know it’s a matter of “if”, not “when” you will need expert veterinary care outside of regular business hours. The good news is, there are several clinics in Pierce County offering 24 hour services to handle your pet’s needs so you can rest easy.
When our pet becomes injured or ill, we can easily panic as far as what to do next. The first thing to remember is your pet could be in pain, scared and confused; so YOU need to be careful to avoid getting injured in the process of helping your pet. The Americal Veterinary Medical Association offers the following tips to keep both you and our pet safe:
- Pain and fear can make even the gentlest pet unpredictable or dangerous.
- Always keep your face away from the pet’s mouth and do not attempt to hug them and possibly cause even more pain or distress.
- Perform any examination slowly and gently. Stop if your pet becomes more agitated.
- Call your selected emergency clinic (or your own veterinarian if they are open during the time of need).
- Keep your pet confined in a small space during transport, such as a crate. For larger dogs, a blanket or throw rug can serve as a stretcher for transport.
- If you have your pet’s medical records handy, it will be helpful to have them with you during your visit.
For more information, please visit:
You can also download their Pet First Aid Brochure:
Of course, there are times when we are Good Samaritans and find an injured stray animal either on or our property, or as we are on the road. If the animal is causing a traffic disturbance, you can call 9-1-1 for assistance. Please remember to ensure your own safety first. If you are able to actually confine the stray animal, please contact one of the emergency clinics listed if it is after hours, or the Humane Society to determine where to take the pet. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County can be reached at 253-383-2733 for non-emergency guidance.
My wish, of course, is that you never have the need for emergency services. But if you do, you are prepared and have some peace of mind knowing you live in a pets welcome community.
5608 S. Durango, Tacoma, WA 98409
Dugan Equine Veterinary Hospital—for your horse’s needs
7018 288th Street S. Roy, WA 98580
2505 S. 80th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409
16024 60th Street E. Sumner, WA 98390
3316 56th Street NW, Suite 104, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
10234 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98444