When your four-legged friend is ill or injured, you probably panic, thinking your pet is in dire need of veterinary care. However, not all medical conditions need immediate treatment and can actually wait until the next day. Knowing when your furry friend needs urgent care to ensure their health and safety is important. If you notice any of the following issues in your beloved companion, contact our hospital or an emergency veterinary hospital immediately:
- Heatstroke — Heatstroke can prove fatal if left untreated.
- Difficulty breathing — Respiratory distress must be treated immediately to avoid a worsening condition.
- Bleeding — If your pet is bleeding internally or externally, from a wound or their mouth, nose, or rectum, for example, seek medical help. Blood in the urine or stool should also be treated immediately.
- Choking — Panicked pets can easily bite, so take caution when trying to remove an object stuck in your pet’s mouth. If you can’t easily reach and remove the object, don’t waste time and head our way.
- Poisoning — Do not try to make your pet vomit if they have ingested a toxin. Immediately contact an animal poison control helpline, whose veterinary toxicologists will provide the best plan of action to care for your pet.
- Burns — Chemical burns or those caused by fire are extremely painful and require extra care when providing first aid or moving an injured pet to bring them for emergency care.
- Trauma — A pet who has been hit by a car or in a fight can have hidden injuries that are much more severe than the road rash or small puncture wound you can see, so a full veterinary exam is necessary.
- Seizures — When your pet is having a seizure, don’t restrain them, but protect them from falling off furniture or downstairs. Seizuring pets can be unaware of their owners and may bite before they regain full consciousness.
If you think your beloved companion is experiencing an emergency, you can provide first aid care to stabilize them until you can reach our hospital. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers first aid tips for pet owners. As soon as you’ve provided the necessary first aid, let us know you and your pet on your way for emergency care.