Life as a pet owner is unbelievably rewarding, but it can also be stressful! Your pet relies on you not only to provide food and shelter but also to keep him/her safe in whatever comes your way. Make sure you’re prepared for anything with this list of phone numbers every pet owner should have on hand!
If you’re new to the world of pet ownership, Congratulations!
Welcome to one of the most exciting, hilarious, heartwarming and frightening journeys of your life. Experienced pet owners reading this know exactly what I mean.
Unfortunately, our pets don’t come with an owner’s manual. Wouldn’t that be convenient? Instead, we have to do our best to learn on the go while discovering any resources that we can along the way. It can be a lot!
I have an accident-prone dog; I know firsthand that you can’t always prevent a situation from happening… Even if you pet-proof your whole home to the best of your abilities, they will somehow find that one small detail that you overlooked!
Don’t worry, today I’m coming to you with my list of important phone numbers every pet owner should have readily available.
With these numbers, you will have qualified professionals just a phone call away regardless of what antics your pet may get up to.
Print out these numbers and stick them up on your fridge so that every family member can access them if needed. If you are travelling and hire a pet sitter, print this list and provide it to them along with your pet care instructions.
It’s always better to be prepared!
Here Are 6 Phone Numbers Every Pet Owners Should Have Close At Hand!
#1 – Your Veterinarian
The relationship between a pet owner and their veterinarian is SO important.
Whether you’re stressing about a potential injury or simply reaching out to make an appointment for your pet’s next rabies vaccine, this is a phone number that you’re going to use often. Why waste time having to look it up every time?
#2 – Nearest 24/7 Emergency Clinic
If your veterinarian is also a 24/7 emergency clinic, you can skip this. Otherwise, you’ll need to do your research and find which clinic is nearest to you.
If your pet has an accident outside of your vet’s normal hours and requires care, you’re likely already stressed and worried. Why add to that stress by leaving yourself frantically searching to find somewhere that you can go?
Not only should you post the phone number, include the clinic’s name and address to make it easier to find in a hurry.
Related: ‘Be Prepared With This DIY Dog First Aid Kit’
#3 – Pet Poison Helpline (1-855-764-7661)
If your pet has ingested something that they shouldn’t or come in contact with a toxic or dangerous substance, you want answers as quickly as possible. Precious moments can make a difference…
The Pet Poison Helpline is a service available to residents of Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean.
This number will put you in touch with an expert quickly if you are dealing with a poisoning situation and is open to pets of ALL species.
There is an ‘incident fee’ applied ($59 USD), however, that price is small compared to what you may be facing if poisoning or toxic exposure isn’t addressed as quickly as possible! This service is available 24/7.
#4 – Local Animal Control
No one wants to think about what happens if your pet were to go missing, but it’s a scary reality that man pet owners have faced. You may go into panic mode, leaving you wondering what to do next – so here’s a way that you can make it a little easier.
Having your local animal control number on hand will allow you to connect with them quickly and easily to check if they have picked up your pet already.
In addition to an incident involving your own pet, you will want to contact your local Animal Control if you notice another animal loose in your neighbourhood. They may even be attracted to your yard due to your pets.
#5 – CANADACHIP Recovery Database (1-800-396-1896)
Another important tool in the event that your pet goes missing, the CANADACHIP Recovery Database is a hotline and national database of microchip information.
Offered by the Canadian Kennel Club, the CANADACHIP program offers microchips for companion animals through veterinarians and breeders.
While it is not the only recovery service, the various databases work carefully together in order to help get your pet home quickly and safely. In the event that you do need to speak with a different database, they are happy to connect you.
Related: ‘Looking For A Pet Sitter? 9 Tips You Should Consider!’
#6 – Pet Travel Information (1-877-241-0184)
If you are considering taking your pet along on your next trip, this number (and the PetTravel.com website) is SO valuable!
Founded by a pet-loving travel agent (and his pup), the business has now grown to include a larger number of employees ready to answer your pet travel questions. They are referred by both the CFIA here in Canada s well as the USDA south of the border.
Whether you’re concerned about the rules of pet airline travel or searching for a pet-friendly hotel, give them a call.
What important numbers are listed on your fridge? Can you think of any additional phone numbers every pet owner should have readily available? If so, share them in the comments section!