Sometimes, it’s obvious when an animal requires veterinary care. However, because they’re hardwired to hide any signs of weakness, it can also be very difficult to discern when your pet needs professional help. Even owners who feel in tune with their pets experience some level of doubt regarding what their pet is truly going through.
That’s where we come in. Sure, a pet could just have indigestion or be having an “off day,” but a true pet emergency is plain to see – once you know what to look for.
Peace of Mind
Choosing a veterinary hospital that you trust is a major decision. We honor your choice by providing the best care possible to your best fur friend. This includes routine wellness exams and pet emergency care.
Sometimes, symptoms can be subtle or even nonexistent. Please contact us even if you have only a general suspicion that something might be wrong with your pet. Our veterinarians and staff are always here to answer your questions or address any concerns you might have.
A significant amount of cases that require emergency care often involve toxic substances (like chemicals or chocolate) or eating foreign objects (like socks or string).
Pet emergencies can also result from a fight with another animal or trauma sustained from a car accident or fall.
Tell-Tale Symptoms of Distress
Seek pet emergency care if your pet ever exhibits any of the following symptoms:
- Breathing difficulty (wheezing, gasping, labored respiration)
- Lack of appetite or decreased thirst
- Difficulty urinating
- Increased vocalization (whining, whimpering, howling, etc.)
- Uncharacteristic lethargy (tired and panting before exertion)
- Sudden vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Loss of consciousness
- Heavy bleeding or broken bones
- Pale gums
- Rapid heart beat
What to Do in a Pet Emergency
It’s not easy, but try to stay calm and call us for help. If possible, transport your pet to our hospital. If you have any evidence regarding what your pet got into (such as rodenticide, antifreeze, chocolate, etc), please bring in any remaining packaging.
Try to move your pet as little as possible to prevent additional injury or pain. Place pressure on any open wounds, but proceed with caution, as injured pets may bite or otherwise try to defend themselves.
A pet emergency can present itself in many different forms, but the bottom line is that the longer a pet waits to receive treatment, the worse the outcome can be. In the end, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call!