In Case of Emergency – Put a sign on the front door (or front window) of your home identifying how many (and what type of) animals are in your home. In the event of an emergency, this will assist rescue and fire personnel in rescuing them from the home. The ASPCA provides free window decals. Pet stores should have them for sale as well.
Identification – Pet identification is extremely important. Not only should your dog have current identification on his or her collar at all times, it is best to have your dog (and cat) micro-chipped as well. In the event the collar falls off, the microchip will provide your name, address and phone number which will get your dog (or cat) back to you as soon as possible. Make sure your current address is registered with the micro chip company. In the event you adopt a dog, make sure you change the address with the company as well. Most owners have their pets micro-chipped at the time of spaying/neutering.
A Must Read for Every Dog Owner – The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell, PhD. It explains why we do what we do around dogs, our relationship with dogs, how dogs interpret our behavior and gives essential advice on how we interact with dogs and how to bring out the best in our dogs. I highly recommend this book. Available on Amazon.com.
Emergency Veterinarian – Every pet owner has a veterinary office that they go to. However,most veterinary offices are not open after hours in case of emergency. Talk to your veterinary office, or search online for the emergency veterinary office nearest you that is open 24/7. Keep the number readily available and perhaps visit the office at some point. It will save you a lot of time (and stress) should an emergency happen “after hours”. And, it will get faster treatment to your dog.