Adoptable Four-Legged Friends: Pet Emergency Preparedness

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 10:02 AM CST
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Julie Moore from the Jackson County Humane Society joined PSL via Zoom from her home. She wanted to highlight the health-emergency story of her own cat, Deuce. She wandered home one morning with a broken leg. Moore used the air time to urge pet owners to have a pet emergency plan. This is very important---and can be life-saving. Watch the segment to learn more. Additionally, see the guidelines in the list below. Please consider including the phone numbers for your veterinarian’s office and the local emergency pet hospital among your smartphone’s contacts.


1. Have your veterinarian’s phone number not only programmed in your cell phone, but written down in a place where everyone in your home knows where to find it.

2. Have a BACK UP PLAN on who to call if you cannot reach your vet. One of the most important things - hands down.

3. Not all vet clinics provide emergency care after hours. Find out if your vet does or does not handle after hour or weekend calls.

In the Quad City area, there is the Animal Emergency Center at 2819 State Street. (563) 344-9599. Their website is

4. Animal Poison Hot Line: 888-232-8870. There is a $75 fee. North Shore Animal League America partnered with ASPCA board certified veterinarian toxicologists.

Other important tips:

~ Always have a carrier ready and in a place easy to grab. If you are alone during the emergency, for your safety and your pet’s while driving, you may have to put your pet in one.

~ Have a First Aid Kit. You can use the same one you use for humans.

**A product to always have on hand is Vetericyn Plus. It can be purchased at pet stores, Theisens or on-line. Many vets carry Vetericyn VF which is more expensive, but also a stronger product than what you buy over-the-counter.

~ When handling a sick or injured animal, even if it’s your pet, wrap it in a towel or blanket or wear gloves. Animals don’t always understand we are trying to help them, and in their pain, they might nip or struggle with you.

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