If you are unsure about whether or not an injury or illness requires a trip to the vet, call first, describe your pet's symptoms and follow the advice given by your veterinarian.

You should have the following phone numbers posted prominently in case of emergency: 

-your veterinarian (Sand Creek Animal Hospital 446-9171)

-24-hour animal emergency clinic (Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic 785-1094)

-Animal Poison Control Center, which provides guidance on poisoning issues (for a fee)

   Animal Poison Control Center   888-426-4435

Creating a first aid kid for pets:

A good way to be prepared for a health emergency is to have a pet first aid kit.  You can make it a family activity by having the kids help decorate a box with brightly colored paper and trimmings to make it easy to find in an emergency. 

It can include the following items:Sand Creek Animal Hospital dog and girl picture

  • Rubbing alcohol                          
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Styptic powder
  • Syringe
  • Scissors
  • Clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Latex gloves
  • Medicine dropper
  • Thermometer
  • Blanket
  • Towel
  • Muzzle
  • Collar
  • Saline
  • Phone Numbers (vet, emergency clinic, poison control)
  • Pet's medical records
  • Pet first aid book
  • Gauze roll and pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sterile pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Betadine
  • Cold packs
  • Hot packs
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

You can also consider enrolling in a pet first aid course just in case you need to administer care to your pet until he or she can receive veterinary attention.  You may find a pet first aid course offered through the American Red Cross (

If you are concerned about any symptoms that your pet may be experiencing, feel free to call us and one of our veterinarians or licensed veterinary technicians will be happy to discuss them with you.