When Should You Call an Emergency Vet for Help?

Pet emergencies are inevitable. They happen even to those fur parents who are as ready as a soldier. You can do everything you can to prevent these situations but still fail to avoid them.

The main reason why pet emergencies often lead to greater health risks or even death is that not all these situations are obvious. Sometimes it’s easy to mistake choking for normal coughing, or eye infection for temporary reddish eyes.

That’s why equipping yourself with knowledge will still help you a lot during pet emergencies. No preparations are futile. One thing you can focus on learning is identifying these emergencies.

In this piece, we’ve whittled down all pet emergencies that most animal clinics encounter. Knowing these will help you decide whether you should call an emergency vet or not.

1. Difficulty in breathing

Several signs will tell you that your pet is having a hard time breathing. Rapid breathing, coughing, change of tongue color (blue, pale, or grey) are only some of them. You need to watch out for these signs.

If you see these signs on your pet, they’re most likely a symptom of an underlying condition like heart disease, asthma, or pneumonia. That’s why if you notice them having difficulty in breathing, call your vet immediately.

2. Choking

Pets, especially dogs, just love to chew on everything. It’s almost like they see food in every object they get their hands on. That’s why it’s no wonder that dogs are prone to ingesting or choking on foreign objects.

If not treated immediately, these foreign objects can damage the stomach and intestines of your pet. That’s why if you feel that your dog is choking on something, call your vet right away.

To prevent this from happening again, make sure to buy toys that are larger than your pet’s mouth.

3. Ingestion of harmful substances

Like we’ve said earlier, pets love to eat anything that they can chew on. The downside of this is that they might eat foods that can be harmful to them.

Below are examples of these foods and substances that you must always keep away from your pets:

— Acetaminophen
— Foods that have Xylitol
— Plants like lilies
— Marijuana
— Rodenticides
— Grapes or raisins
— Chocolates

Once you’ve realized that your pets have eaten something harmful, make sure to bring them to an emergency vet immediately. They can induce vomiting to prevent the absorption of the toxic substance or at least lessen it.

4. Vomiting or Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are no-brainers. If your pet is suffering from these situations, it’s normally because of an underlying condition. So have your pet evaluated by the experts immediately.

5. Eye inflammation and other injuries

If you have a pet that has prominently exposed eyes, they’re more prone to eye injuries. And you have to be extra careful with them.

If you notice excessive discharge or extreme redness on their eyes, have them checked immediately. Other signs of whether your pet is suffering from eye inflammation are non-stop pawing of their eyes or scratching their eyes on the carpet.

6. Bite wounds

Playful biting of pets in the park are all fun and games until one pet can’t control its excitement anymore. Once the playmate of your pet becomes more aggressive and starts to bite your pet with too much force, that’s when it becomes dangerous.

If not stopped immediately, it can result in lacerations or bite wounds. If one of these happens, bring your pet immediately to the vet to clean up and stitch up the wound to avoid infections.

Your pet might also need antibiotics to help manage the pain. And you will need a vet’s prescription for that.

7. Traumatic Injuries

Cats and dogs, although they’re some of the smartest pets in the world, still can’t figure out the dangers of the road. They always act on the road as if the world will stop for them.

If your pet was able to escape from its leash and got hit by a car (knock on wood), call your emergency vet immediately.

While help is on the way, you will have to perform some first aid. Don’t worry, your vet will instruct you and guide you to perform some basic first-aid which, by the way, is also a must-learn if you’re a pet owner.

Once you’re done, wait for the ambulance or drive them carefully to the vet clinic.

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