Is It an Emergency?

Some health emergencies are obvious. Others are subtler and owners wonder, “Can it wait until my vet’s office opens?” Wouldn’t it be easier if our animal companions could talk in these moments and communicate what they need?

You know your pet best, and if you believe your pet is sick or hurt, please bring him or her in for evaluation. It’s often best to honor the old adage, “Better safe than sorry.”

Types of common emergency situations include:

  • Bite wounds
  • Bleeding
  • Collapse or fainting
  • Changes in behavior
  • Difficulty or noisy breathing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Trauma, such as being hit by a car or falling out of a window
  • Ingestion of any toxins or medications not currently prescribed for your pet (please bring container with you!)
  • Seizures
  • Sudden changes in ability to walk or paralysis
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Trouble giving birth

Pet First Aid

It’s a great idea to learn how to handle a first aid crisis with your pet. However, we advise pet owners who don’t have the proper training against administering medical treatment without a veterinarian’s advice.

The American Red Cross offers pet first aid classes that are a great option for owners who want to learn more and be prepared in the event of an emergency. Find an American Red Cross pet first aid class in your area.

In determining if your pet is experiencing an emergency, trust your instincts and follow good sense. You know and love your pet, and you have the right to be concerned if anything seems wrong. We are here for you 24/7/365 days a year. Never hesitate to call or walk in!