Your pet is part of the family, and worrying about its health and safety
can be consuming. If you think that your pet is ill or suffering, you
may not know what warrants an emergency. Those of us who have experienced the
loss of a pet understand the guilt and anxiety associated with a sick animal. Here are
some common pet emergencies and the best way to handle them.
If your pet has
experienced trauma, has lost consciousness, or collapsed, you should take him to an emergency
vet immediately. If your pet has trouble breathing, this is also an emergency,
and can be a sign of severe illness, heart failure, poisoning, or choking.
If your animal has severe vomiting or diarrhea that has ingested a known
toxin, or is suddenly unable to walk, he should see a vet immediately.
Less Critical Conditions
If your pet vomits or has diarrhea one or two times, there is no blood
present in the vomit or stool, and you know he has not ingested a toxin,
is not an emergency situation. If he is limping or acting tired or listless
with no other symptoms present, he may just be feeling briefly under the
weather. In these situations, contact your vet and describe your pet’s
symptoms, then follow your vet’s advice.
If your animal is sneezing, scratching, or exhibiting other common allergy
symptoms, it is likely not an emergency. Contact your veterinarian and
make an appointment for a check up at the next available appointment.
Likewise if your animal has stepped on a thorn or other sharp object and
is limping, or if he gets a small scratch from another animal or object.
If there are no severe signs of trauma, no serious blood loss, and your
pet is eating, drinking, walking, and sleeping fine, it is probably not
an emergency situation.
If you’re experiencing the loss of a pet,
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