Emergency Preparedness for the High Needs Pet

As a family it is important to have a plan in place should you face an emergency. Where would your family go in the event of a hurricane in the northern Atlantic? Do you have supplies to weather a major blizzard? In the event of major flooding or a tornado what would you do?

When making these plans it is important to take our pets into consideration as well. This can become particularly important for those pets who have special medical needs or need extra care.

When it comes to emergency preparedness for the high needs pet, Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center is happy to make some suggestions to get you started building a successful game plan.

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When the Going Gets Tough: Explaining Pet Cancer to Kids

cancer in petsFinding out their pet has cancer is something that no pet owner wants to hear. Having to deliver this message to a child adds another layer of complexity to an already overwhelming experience.

Explaining pet cancer to kids can be tricky. The child’s age, cognitive ability, and connection to the family pet will all play a role. At Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center, we’re here to help you navigate this challenging situation.

Setting the Stage

When it comes to discussing your pet’s cancer with younger members of the family, it’s important to consider the emotional and cognitive development of the children involved. Use simple, concise, age-appropriate words to help them understand that your pet is ill. Younger children may need reassurance that a pet’s illness is not their fault; older kids may want to learn more about cancer or find ways they can help. Continue…