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Unfortunately, accidents do happen. When a medical emergency befalls our furry friends, pet parents may find it difficult to make rational decisions, especially if something occurs during the middle of the night. That’s why it’s crucial to have an emergency plan in place – before you need it.

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Signs Your Pet May Need Emergency Care

Your dog may need emergency care because of severe trauma—caused by an accident or fall—choking, heatstroke, an insect sting, household poisoning or other life-threatening situation. Here are some signs that emergency care is needed:

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Apparent paralysis
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding

Important Phone Numbers Every Pet Owner Should Have

ASPCA National Animal
Poison Control Center

1-888-426-4435
(please note there is a fee for this service)

Pet Poison Helpline
1-800-213-6680
(please note there is a fee for this service)

Emergency Disaster Hotline
1-800-227-4645
(sponsored by the AHA)

Pet Loss Support Hotline
1-888-478-7574

Stolen Pet Hotline Information
1-800-STOLEN-PET

AKC Companion Animal Recovery
1.800.252.7894

Additional Resources

Missing/Lost Dog
Missing Dogs Massachusetts

Food and Drug Recalls
Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine: Recalls and Withdrawals

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List
ASPCA Poisonous Plants

Pet Welfare Organizations
The Humane Society of the United States
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
The Pet Pantry in Easton, MA

Local Shelters
Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (APCSM)

Microchip Lookup
AAHA: Universal Microchip Lookup Tool

Pet-Friendly Travel Resouces
Go Pet Friendly
Bring Fido

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