Recognizing and Responding to a Pet Emergency

A pet emergency is a scary situation. Out of nowhere, your beloved pet is choking or in pain—if you fail to act, your pet might be in serious trouble. By being aware of the signs of an emergency, and knowing how to properly respond, you give your pet the best chance at surviving and recovering from a life-threatening emergency. The professional veterinarians at Avery Ranch Animal Hospital recommend looking for these warning signs.

  • Outward signs of pain – whining, whimpering, barking, wincing when touched
  • Unconsciousness
  • Bleeding
  • Seizure
  • Collapsing or struggling to move
  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea for extended periods
  • Dry retching or “unproductive” vomiting
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty urinating

If your pet goes outdoors for extended periods, there is always the likelihood that he or she may ingest a foreign object or come into contact with a dangerous substance. If you can’t watch or be with your pet while it is outside, be prepared at all times for what he or she might return with. It is a great idea to have a pet first-aid kit in your home, fully stocked and ready for whatever trouble your pet might get into. Also keep contact information for your Avery Ranch Animal Hospital veterinarian on hand—either in the first-aid kit or by the telephone. That way, you can administer immediate care while quickly calling your veterinarian to get professional help. The quicker you respond, the better chance your pet has.

In the event of an emergency, don’t panic. While it can be extremely scary to see your beloved pet in an emergency state, you will only make things worse by panicking. Remain calm and act quickly. Your pet’s life may depend on it.

In any case, it is ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry—if your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above or engaging in any behavior that seems unusual or “off,” call Avery Ranch Animal Hospital immediately or bring your pet in.  By recognizing and responding properly to emergencies, you can prolong your pet’s life and bring many more years of happiness and companionship to your household.

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