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Is It A Pet Emergency?

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Emergency situations involving our pets can be scary, and unfortunately it isn’t always clear if your pet needs immediate medical care or if you can “wait it out”.

While some emergency situations are obvious, animals are wired to hide signs of illness and injury, leaving it up to us to discern whether or not our pet is in need of medical attention.

Learning how to recognize the signs of a pet emergency could make all the difference for your pet.

Signs and Symptoms of a Pet Emergency

The following conditions/situations should be considered emergencies, and you should bring your pet in for care immediately:

  • Your pet has been hit by a car or been in a fight with another animal, even if there are no visible injuries
  • You suspect or know that your pet has ingested a poisonous substance (chocolate, Xylitol, antifreeze, rodent poison, etc.)
  • Bleeding from the mouth, nose, or rectum
  • Any bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
  • Eye injury of any kind
  • Noticeable pain, including limping or favoring one side
  • Difficulty breathing, choking, or gagging that does not stop
  • Extreme anxiety/disorientation
  • Inability to urinate or defecate, or pain associated with either
  • Overheating/heat stroke
  • Pale or blue gums (associated with low blood pressure)
  • Seizure
  • Refusal to eat or drink for more than 24 hours
  • More than 3-4 hours between delivering puppies or kittens

Your Pet Emergency Plan

When your pet is in distress, the clock is ticking and every moment counts. Having a plan in place will help you to know what steps to take in the event of a pet emergency:

  • Discuss an emergency protocol with your veterinarian
  • Keep a copy of your pet’s medical records in a convenient location, such as near his or her crate or carrier
  • Injured pets may become aggressive, even to their owners, so take steps to protect yourself if necessary
  • Apply pressure to an open wound
  • Collect and bring with you any materials or substances, if you suspect a poisoning

Emergency Care at Animal Medical & Surgical Center

We are proud to offer top quality emergency care at Animal Medical & Surgical Center. If you are facing a pet emergency, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or bring your pet in. Our highly trained staff is equipped to help your pet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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