Warning this post discusses a dog being injured! Please use caution with children and people for whom this topic may be a trigger!
This a post I hoped I would never have to write from personal experience. Two days ago, Einstein, my roommate's service dog slipped out the front door and went exploring. Sadly, this is not one of those incidents we can shrug off. While out he was struck by a car. He is still with us and looks like he will heal. This is every dog owner's worst nightmare. In the hopes that I can make something constructive of the experience, I would like to talk about preparing for emergencies:
1. Know where your nearest all night veterinary hospital is and how to get there.
2. Have someone call the hospital while you are en route and give as many details about the situation as possible.
3. Set aside money in advance for emergency situations. You don't want to have to make your choices based on what you can afford.
4. Take a canine first aid class. Even if you cannot physically perform the first aid, being able to instruct a friend or family member may save your service dog's life.
5. Have a canine first aid kit.