None of us want to think about the possibility of our beloved companion animals experiencing a veterinary emergency, but the reality is that most pets can go through it at some point. Understanding what a veterinary emergency is in our pets and how we can respond appropriately will give you a great advantage in this situation.

What should you know to face a veterinary emergency in your pet?

Instilling good education and emergency awareness in animal owners is a great start to keeping pets safer and healthier. These are some of the most important things to know about preparing for a veterinary emergency in your pet.

Learn first aid and cardiopulmonary massage for pets: it is clear that taking your pet to the emergency room is the main focus in any situation of risk to their health, but sometimes first aid is necessary instantly, without time to direct you to a vet. There are first aid manuals for pets that you can buy online or in pet stores. In addition, there are centers that offer first aid classes for pets such as dogs and cats. Ask your vet for more information or even instruct you to do so if necessary.

Know where to go quickly in an emergency: You should have a list of emergency pet hospitals in your area, as well as any destination you travel to with your pet. This important contact information can help get your pet to the hospital more quickly. Be sure to call the hospital while you are on your way, so they can be prepared for your arrival.
Know the signs of an emergency in your pet: Some signs are obvious, like a broken leg, but you would be surprised how many early signs of medical problems go unnoticed. This is because most pets try to mask or hide their pain. Look for the following symptoms of a possible veterinary emergency in your pet:

  • Animal bite or attack.
  • Injury or accident
  • Fall from a certain height.
  • Frequent vomiting and / or diarrhea.
  • Open wounds.
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Abscess.
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Difficulties during childbirth.
  • Ingestion of toxic substance.
  • Fever.
  • Wound in the eye.
  • Snake bite.
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Collapse.

This list is not unique, there may be more signs that alert you, but it is a good reference not to hesitate and go to the emergency room.

Transport Your Pet Safely – When animals are in danger, they can be fearful and anxious. Pain can cause behavior changes and a normally well behaved pet can become aggressive when in pain. You should know how to gently manipulate your partner to put him in the carrier if possible or in the vehicle. Be careful when handling him and cover him with some soft towels or blankets to get him up easier.
What to do in an emergency with pets

During any veterinary emergency with our pets, stress increases, making it difficult to know what steps to take and when. Possible pet emergencies need to be planned in advance so that your pet receives the assistance it needs as quickly as possible.

For more information on veterinary emergency preparedness, first aid, or to schedule an appointment, contact us.