Saving Paws: How Our Ogden Pet Sitters Tackle Pet Emergencies

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Pet parents traveling out of town often worry about how best to ensure the wellbeing of their animals during a trip, which is why at Away Home & Pet Care of Ogden Utah, we train all of our pet sitters on how best to respond in case an unexpected medical crisis arises while your pet is under our care. Our Ogden UT pet sitters have all undergone training that allows them to handle medical emergency scenarios should any arise while in our care.

Expert pet sitters understand how to react in emergency situations and ensure your furry loved ones remain happy and safe.

As part of your family, your pet deserves only the highest-quality care and we take great pleasure in making sure their safety is guaranteed, especially during unexpected medical issues.

Our emergencies protocols ensure you can travel without worrying about the well-being of your pets. You’ll be able to travel more and worry less.

Understanding Your Pet’s Medical History

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To effectively handle pet medical emergencies, we start by collecting health information for all the pets we care for. We ask pet parents to create a profile in our online software, Time to Pet, before we provide service. This allows us to gather comprehensive information about the pet’s medical history, including any pre-existing conditions or special requirements. 

We take the time to understand the specific needs of each pet, ensuring we provide tailored care that aligns with their individual health needs. 

In addition to collecting health information about all the pets we care for, our required enrollment meetings allow us the opportunity to discuss any health concerns before we provide. We review previous medical history, current health concerns, and tailor our routines accordingly.

We also collaborate with the pet owner to establish preferred veterinary contacts, ensuring we have access to up-to-date medical records and necessary consent forms.

Creating a Safe and Pet-Proof Environment

A safe environment is paramount for preventing emergencies, and we go the extra mile to ensure the well-being of your pets. 

When your pet sitter arrives at the first visit, they will conduct a meticulous pet-proofing assessment, identifying and mitigating potential hazards in your home. This includes securing loose wires, removing toxic plants, and storing household chemicals out of your pet’s reach. By proactively addressing these risks, we create a safe haven for your pets, minimizing the likelihood of accidents or injuries. After all, prevention is the best medicine.

Medication Administration

One advantage to hiring Away Home & Pet Care as your preferred pet sitter is our extensive experience administering medications for an array of medical conditions.

Our professional pet sitters understand the significance of accurate medication administration for our our clients, adhering to any specific instructions from their owners without deviation or deviation at any point during administration – from mixing medication into food to direct oral application, we are experts at administering it at just the right times and in appropriate quantities according to your instructions.

At each visit, our pet sitters meticulously record every medication given, noting the time and quantity dispensed as well as any reactions or changes in behaviour post-medication; should any concerns arise post-medication we notify both you and the designated veterinary professional immediately.

Verification of Medication

To ensure the utmost safety of your pets, our team implements a robust medication verification process. Before administering any medication, our pet sitters cross-check the details of the medication against your pet’s online profile and the vet’s prescription. This process helps avoid any errors, such as administering the wrong medication or incorrect dosages. 

Furthermore, we verify the medication’s expiry date and ensure it’s stored correctly to maintain its efficacy. Our attention to detail and dedication to your pet’s health underscores our commitment to providing the best possible care for your furry family members.

Recognizing Signs of Distress or Illness

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During our pet sitting visits, we keep a watchful eye on your pets, actively looking for any signs of distress or illness. We conduct regular health checks to monitor their overall well-being. This includes observing changes in appetite, behavior, and bathroom habits. By being attentive to subtle changes, we can quickly identify any signs that may indicate an underlying health issue requiring immediate attention.

Our experienced pet sitters are well-versed in recognizing common symptoms and understanding when it’s appropriate to seek professional assistance. Whether it’s a sudden change in energy levels, excessive thirst, or unusual behavior, we act promptly to ensure your pet’s health and safety.

Responding to Pet Emergencies Professionally

In the unfortunate event of a pet emergency, our primary goal is to remain calm and act swiftly to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet. We understand that emergencies can be stressful, which is why we maintain open and prompt communication with you throughout the process.

In the event of an emergency, we immediately contact you to inform you of the situation. Our pet sitters are trained to provide clear and concise updates, ensuring you’re always in the loop. Simultaneously, we reach out to the designated emergency veterinary contacts you have provided, seeking professional assistance tailored to your pet’s specific needs.

If the situation calls for it, our Ogden pet sitters are trained in basic first aid techniques. While waiting for professional help, we can administer first aid measures, such as applying pressure to stop bleeding or providing CPR if necessary. Rest assured, we have your pet’s well-being as our top priority, and we follow the instructions of veterinary professionals to provide the best care possible.

Our Recommended Ogden UT Emergency Veterinarians

We understand that your regular veterinarian might not be available. If necessary, we will transport your pet to one of the following 24/7 emergency veterinarians:

MedVet Northern Utah

Address: 2465 N Main St, Suite 12A, Sunset, UT 84015

Phone: (801) 776-8118


Mountain West Veterinary Specialists

Address: 908 Main St, Layton, UT 84041

Phone: (801) 683-5363


The Importance of Choosing the Right Ogden Pet Sitter

When interviewing a pet sitter in Ogden Utah, be sure to ask how they would handle an emergency situation. Simply having a pet sitter who sees pet care as a part-time job or who claims to have “experience” from owning pets doesn’t necessarily mean they are equipped to manage emergencies. The reality is, there’s a significant difference between owning pets and being actively trained in pet first-aid and CPR.

When you hire Away Home & Pet Care to care for your pets, you can rest assured that our team is thoroughly trained to manage emergency situations. Travel more, stress less. 

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