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Sound the Siren: Recognizing a True Pet Emergency

June 10, 2017

In all areas of life, it’s extremely alarming when we don’t know what to do. Sure, we can all try to be experts in car care, agriculture, appliance repair, or construction, but it’s more common to depend on those with specialized education and experience to help.

Take veterinary care as an example. Pet owners know their pets better than anyone, but sometimes, it’s confusing to know exactly what’s going on with your pet. When do you “wait it out” and when is it time to seek out pet emergency care?
 

The Struggle is Real

It’s understandable to implement a “wait and see” method when your pet starts acting differently. Watching him or her closely should help you make a decision about whether to seek pet emergency services. We also recommend:

  • Call us with questions or concerns to give us a heads up that your pet may need care. Depending on the symptoms, we can advise you over the phone or suggest bringing your pet in.
  • Research if pet insurance is a good fit for you. Sometimes, pet owners put off seeking pet emergency care because of the cost. Knowing you’re covered can relieve financial worries, and your pet can receive help when it’s needed.

Time is of the Essence

It’s critical to know exactly what constitutes a pet emergency so precious time isn’t wasted. The following symptoms or conditions require pet emergency care without delay:

  • Any type of pain
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting 24 hours
  • Wounds from an animal fight, fall, or other injury
  • Respiratory distress
  • Coughing fits
  • Choking
  • Seizures
  • Prolonged inappetence
  • Seizures
  • Odd behavior (pacing, aggression, etc.)
  • Facial swelling after insect bite
  • Hives
  • Lameness or extreme lethargy lasting more than one day
  • Paralysis of the hind or front legs
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Strained urination
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Complications giving birth

Possible Causes of a Pet Emergency

Pet poisonings, allergic reactions, heatstroke, exposure to venom, car accidents, and animal fights are all possible pet emergency situations. The important thing to remember is that our staff is always here for you and your pet. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you’re ever unsure about what your pet needs.