Seems to be a trend with in trying to own a pet that no one else has. Giant snakes, spiders, weird lizards, monkeys or whatever. Seriously, even smelly ferrets, turtles and strange fish can be found in homes. As a first responder, some of these creatures provide unique challenges when providing care to a patient. It’s predictable for an ankle-biting chihuahua to be in a home but what about the owner who decided they wanted a giant octopus in their pool that they converted to some sort of undersized aquarium… Yeah…

So here’s the situation, like many we have come across, the homeowner aka patient has a pet and no indication they have it… The indoor cat escapes while we enter the front door, the bites one of us, an EMT walks through poo unknowing the homeowner has a full grown St. Bernard or the giant octopus scenario. Keep your eyes open and ever on the lookout my friends. Stay safe.