As Valentine's only Emergency Hospital catering to both Large and Small Animals, Drs. Wood and Butler see what evey pet owner hopes to never go through. They share what they consider great emergency kits for your pets.
Blankets - these can be used to warm up dogs and cats, as a stretcher to help transport your pet, and to protect your pet from accidently injuring themselves during shock.
A Kennel - this is essential for small dogs and cats for transporting them to our hospital. Many times car rides stress animals, especially if they are in shock. By containing them, you make the ride easier for them and for yourself.
A Leash - this serves a variety of uses. First and formost, it is used to walk the ambulatory animals into our hospital and protects them from running away to hide. In a pinch, it can also be used as a muzzle. We all know that your dog is not aggressive, but when they are hurt they may bite you. In order for a leash to function as a make-shift muzzle, figure-eight the leash around the muzzle of your dog and the back of their head.
Towels - these can also be used to warm up dogs and cats. They can also be used to control bleeding in a pressure bandage.
Bandage Material & Scissors - Many times, bleeding can be controlled or reduced with the application of a bandage while you are enroute to our hospital.
Hydrogen Peroxide - this is used to enduce immediate vomiting when your pet has eaten poisons, medications, or anything they aren't supposed to. This is also used to clean wounds (best to mix 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide).
A Muzzle - even the nicest dog may bite when they are hurt! This is for yours and our protection. Always muzzle your dog before attempting to transport them when they are injured or in pain. See above for instructions on how to retro-fit a leash into a muzzle.
Tweezer - these can be used to remove thorns, splinters, and stingers from paws & skin.
Sterile Saline eye drops - even the smallest foreign object can cause permenate damage to the eyes or blindness. All eye-related injuries should be brought in right away - in some cases even minutes make a difference. Dr. Wood may instruct you to wash your pets eye using sterile drops.
Diphenhydramine / Benadryl - diphenhydramine is generic Benadryl and can be used in minor allergic reactions. If you think your pet is having an allergic reaction, call us before giving your pet diphenhydramine.
Duct tape - in certain situations, it can be used to apply a pressure bandage. Remember to call us if you think a pressure bandage is needed.
Our Phone Number - (402) 376-1500.
You should always evaluate your pet and your situation when making an emergency kit. Horses don't require muzzles or leashes, but they do require halters and stop watches to determine heart rate. Bute paste is also preferred when dealing with equine injuries for pain relief.
Always call us at Butler Veterinary Clinic (402) 376-1500 if you think your pet is in an emergency situation.
You can reach our experienced veterinarians 24/7. Remember to always consult with our on-call veterinarians before administering any emergency care or medication. We are happy to walk you through any necessary treatments while you are enroute to our hospital.
Look for our Big Blue Roof on the North side of Highway 20 between McDonalds and Tehrani Motors.