Pet owners don't have an emergency response system to call when accidents happen or they simply need advice. Fortunately, plenty of websites make it easy to find information quickly. Here are a few favorites that pet owners will find useful:
Singer Mariah Carey recently tweeted that her dog, Jill E. Beans, likes strawberries, and asked, "Should I be concerned?" Eliminate the guesswork and prevent potential health hazards by bookmarking the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control section. Along with detailed information on plants that are toxic to cats and dogs, the ASPCA lists common foods such as grapes and onions that can make pets very sick. It also helps to jot down the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center hotline: toll-free 1-888-426-4435.
Accidents typically happen long after your vet has closed shop for the evening. Fortunately, the American Animal Hospital Association offers a handy online search tool to help locate accredited facilities around the country, including those open 24 hours. If you are traveling with your pet, add this site to the list of essentials.
Consult your veterinarian if pets have chronic health issues and consider WebVet.com a good resource to help understand symptoms before scheduling that appointment. Experts verify the health information, so it's a good place to start conducting research on topics such as holistic care or training. Since ferrets, hedgehogs and parrots need love too, the site also has vet-approved information for birds and small animals.
Avoid costly and life-threatening illnesses by keeping your pet's vaccinations up to date. If you don't have a regular veterinarian, scout out local festivals for low-cost shot clinics, and bookmark LuvMyPet.com for fast access to more than 600 weekend-only vaccination clinics at Petco stores. PawsPlus.com also offers deeply discounted vaccinations at clinics in 14 states.
A few factories produce pet food for several companies, which means that recalls rarely affect just one brand. Once the news spreads about a recall, start scanning the Animal & Veterinary section of the FDA.gov website. Also, be sure to bookmark the company website for your pet's favorite kibble and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. In addition to coupons and deals, many companies provide recall information and instructions.