When your usually energetic and friendly pet starts to act strangely, aloof, or moves in a different manner, it can become quite a concern. Without a doubt, pet parents are quick to conclude that their furry pals are either sick or injured when the aforementioned oddities occur. If you’re worried about your pet’s well-being or health, don’t hesitate to call Anne Nelson Vets. No concern is “too little” or “too big” when it comes to your dear furry buddy.
Preparing for Emergencies
Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere, so it’s best to be prepared. Before there’s even a need to rush your pet to the vet, have an emergency plan in place. This will help you make quick decisions and take the appropriate steps in case of pet emergencies. On the very first day that you meet with your veterinarian, it’s ideal that you discuss their emergency protocol. Choose a vet with experience on providing emergency care and are available to take emergency calls 24/7. Save the vet’s name, number, and address in your mobile phone (maybe even put the number in speed dial) and also tack it on the refrigerator door for easy access.
Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care
At Anne Nelson Vets we encourage owners to bring their pets immediately to the clinic or hospital clinic for emergency care when their animal is:-
- Unconscious and hard to wake up.
- Has severe bleeding.
- Is choking or refuses to eat or drink in the last 24 hours,
- Is limping or staggering,
- Has ingested toxic substances (e.g. antifreeze, rat poison, medications).
Take note that some emergencies are specific to certain pets.
For example, cats are keen on hiding their pain or injury so you have to be extra observant when they withdraw from food, suddenly become aggressive, unable to use their back legs, and have scuffed claws. Meanwhile, rabbits typically suffer intestinal illnesses that should be addressed within 24 hours or you risk losing your beloved bunny for good.
First Aid at Home
Prior to transporting your pet to the clinic, there are some first aid treatments that you can do at home to stabilize them and prevent further injury. If your pet has been hit by a car or may have broken bones, carefully lift him up while supporting the head, neck, and back in case he suffered a spinal injury. For wounds due to trauma, elevate the bleeding extremity and apply pressure on it. Ask a friend or relative to call the clinic so the staff can make the necessary preparations to assist you upon arrival.
Common Pet Emergencies, PetMD.com
When is it an emergency?, AAHA.org