A pet emergency situation can be quite serious and frightening. In such cases, it is quite common for a pet owner to not know how to act on their pet’s behalf. It is often said that dealing with medical emergencies requires prompt thinking and applying the first-aid skills. The same goes for pet emergencies.
Unfortunately, our furry companions cannot directly tell us what is wrong with them. That’s why it is important to understand what creates a pet emergency and how to properly react to it.
Recognizing a Pet Emergency
The primary step to any effective emergency response is to assess the situation. You must have heard stories where pet owners did not take a symptom seriously until it was too late for treatment.
So, what are the serious symptoms to look for?
- Seizure or paralysis
- Severe lameness or limping
- Vomiting or diarrhea that doesn’t seem to subside
- Increased yowling
- Difficulty breathing
- Bleeding from mouth, nose, eyes or ears
Even if you suspect that something is not right with your pet, it makes sense to call a veterinary hospital, just to be sure. After all, nobody knows your pet better than you do. Your prompt response could make a huge difference!
In the event of trauma, where your pet has been involved in an auto accident, or a wildlife attack, take immediate action and take your pet to emergency veterinary hospital. Even if you don’t find any visible wounds or broken bones, your pet may have suffered severe internal injuries. Seeking veterinary attention right away is very important.
Be Prepared: Pet First Aid
Did you make a pet emergency plan yet? If not, let us help you.
A pet emergency plan should include your furry friend’s medical records, a list of his or her medications, your veterinarian’s contact information, and information on how to respond to various pet injuries and illnesses. Along with the pet emergency plan, you should also create a pet first-aid kit.
It’s important to note here that even with the latest pet first aid training or a derailed pet emergency plan, these skills and tools cannot replace a veterinarian’s attention. You may soon recognize that your quick action in taking your pet to an emergency hospital has saved your pet’s life.
If you have further questions on how you can prepare for a pet emergency, please contact us. Our veterinary hospital offers a wide array of pet health care services, such as surgery, dental care, physical examination and vaccination, blood pressure monitoring, dog & cat spay Bolton.