It might be difficult for pet owners to recognize when their animal requires immediate medical attention. Our pets cannot communicate with us and cannot tell us what is wrong or when they are ill. Our emergency veterinarians have listed indications and symptoms that indicate it’s time to see your local emergency veterinary hospital.

How Can I Know If My Pet Requires Immediate Medical Attention?

Situations requiring emergency veterinary treatment can occur at any time of day or night, and it’s critical to be prepared ‘if or when this happens to your pet. Even the most vigilant pet parents may struggle to recognize when their pet requires immediate emergency care, as our emergency veterinarians understand. Knowing what signs and symptoms suggest that your pet has a medical emergency might be beneficial. If your dog or cat is exhibiting symptoms or behaviours that are out of the ordinary for them or that you are unsure about, seek help from your primary care veterinarian or the local emergency veterinary facility.

Signs That Your Pet Might Be Having a Medical Emergency

  • Abdomen that is bloated, puffy, or uncomfortable
  • Breathing problems, excessive coughing, or choking
  • Ocular inflammation or damage
  • Obvious pain
  • Stumbling or staggering
  • Bleeding that is uncontrolled
  • vomiting regularly
  • Unconsciousness
  • pupils that are dilated
  • Seizures
  • Severe injury (car accident, fall)
  • I’m unable to give birth to puppies or kittens.
  • Incapacity to urinate or defecate Lameness or inability to walk
  • Poisonous food consumption
  • Open wounds, broken bones
  • Foreign items ingested
  • The blindness that occurs unexpectedly
  • Loss of equilibrium
  • Diarrhea with blood

If Your Pet Has a Seizure, What Should You Do?

Do not attempt to restrain your dog if he or she is having a seizure. Instead, move any objects that may injure your pet close by. Once the episode has passed, keep your pet warm and seek guidance from your primary care veterinarian. Urgent care is essential if your animal has many seizures in succession or a single attack that lasts more than 3 minutes. Immediately contact your veterinarian or transport your pet to the nearest animal emergency clinic.

Caring for a Fractured or Broken Bone in a Dog or Cat

Begin by muzzling your pet and laying them out on a flat surface that can be used as a stretcher to transfer them to the veterinarian. We recommend strapping your animal to the stretcher if at all feasible while avoiding placing pressure on the damaged area.

What Should You Do If Your Pet Chokes?

Remember that your pet may bite out of fear, so use caution when attempting to help your animal. Check your pet’s mouth for foreign things. If you see something, attempt to remove it as gently as possible. When attempting to remove something stuck in your pet’s throat, use extreme caution! You don’t want to push the thing deeper into the neck unintentionally. Don’t waste time trying to remove the item if it’s impossible. Transport your pet to your veterinarian’s office or the nearest emergency veterinary hospital as soon as possible. Note: Knowing how to conduct the Heimlich maneuver on your dog may save his or her life. If you want to learn how to make this maneuver before an emergency, tutorials are available online.

Being Prepared in the Event of a Veterinary Emergency

What Pet Owners Should Know Before They Go

It’s hard to predict when a veterinary emergency will occur, but being prepared can help you provide your animal with the treatment they require more promptly. Our Plains emergency veterinarians recommend having the following information and items on hand in case your pet has a medical emergency:

  • The phone number of your veterinarian
  • The nearest Emergency Veterinary Clinic’s phone number
  • The phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center
  • A muzzle that is appropriate for your dog (practice using it before an emergency strikes)
  • Directions to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic
  • Basic CPR skills for pets
  • Having a basic understanding of how to stop bleeding is essential.
  • Knowing how to conduct the Heimlich maneuver on your pet is necessary.

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