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Always Be Prepared | February 13, 2008

We try to give you lots of tips with this blog for avoiding emergencies, such as cold weather safety, dental hygiene, car safety, weight management, and hidden poisons.  We do recognize, though, that sometimes emergencies happen – both to you and your beloved pets. 

You should have a pet sitter or friend or family member on call in case something happens to you.  It’s as easy as programming a number into your cell phone and making sure you have a good enough report to contact the person in urgent circumstances.  Ryan even has a wallet insert that says he has animals and to contact me if something happens to him.  Follow this link to a printable version of this so you can have one too and I will do the same.

In addition to being prepared in case you have an emergency, you should be ready in case your pet has an emergency.  We like to think it will never happen to us, but reality is that it could and you need to be ready.  Take a moment now to look up your local 24-hour animal emergency room.  Make sure to write down the name and address and directions – remember in an emergency time is of the essence and you don’t want to waste it on Mapquest or GoogleMaps.  Keep this handy, in your wallet and/or car.

Hopefully this blog post is unnecessary and none of us will need to use our wallet cards or animal emergency room.  But it is always good to be prepared.

*Special thank you to ItsFreckle on Craigslist for posting this tip today.  Also, our condolences to LouGunf who lost her buddy Lou today, you are both in our thoughts.*

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  1. speaking of pet emergencies, you guys should do a posting about the dangers of certain brands of flea collars. a few years ago i used a Hartz flea collar on trixie, which caused him to have seizures. this also happened to Marcie’s cat. as a result i had to have my roommate at the time watch over him until i could leave work and take him to the vet for an emergency visit. many people are not aware that cheap, “over the counter” flea treatments cause such issues and apparently kills many pets every year.

    Comment by crystal — February 14, 2008 @ 8:05 pm


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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).

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