We care about our dog’s health. We want to do the right thing when we suspect our dog is ill. Unfortunately, differentiating between minor illnesses and health problems that require emergency attention is not always easy. It’s critical to be prepared for and recognize serious dog health issues.
Common Pet Emergency Situations
You arrive home late from work and find your pet acting strangely and refusing to eat his dinner. Alternatively, after a vigorous game of fetch with the other dogs at the dog park, your Fido returns limping and wincing when you try to touch him. Likewise, you may awaken to find your cat retching in the hall after vomiting all night.
Nonetheless, the following serious conditions occur frequently:
What should you do if your pet drinks or eats something toxic? The first step is determining the substance and how much your pet ingested while also seeking veterinary care like Tulare-Kings Veterinary Emergency Services. Your veterinarian will want to know the fundamentals so that you are ready for treatment when you arrive. If you have a package or an estimate of how much your pet ate, that is extremely helpful.
The Pet Poison Helpline and the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control are excellent resources for all pet owners to review. These provide information on all substances, plants, and foods. Otherwise, a pet could be poisoned.
Another reason pets visit the ER is dangerous pancreatic inflammation. This is especially true when the family dog is given rich, fatty table foods during the holidays. Pancreatitis symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
Accidents involving a vehicle, or an encounter with another animal can be even more terrifying. The first critical step is to get your pet to safety (i.e., out of traffic or away from an attack) (ensuring your safety). Then, while transporting your pet to the nearest emergency hospital, stabilize them with towels, boxes, or other items. While you’re on the way, most hospitals with a veterinary laboratory will diagnose. In addition, they will provide instructions on the stabilization of your pet.
Pets, particularly dogs, are curious about everything and use their mouths to investigate objects ranging from small to large. Choking on toys, balls, or other things can be a life-threatening emergency. If the item in question is visible and easily removed, do so. If your pet has trouble breathing, get them to a hospital as soon as possible. Even if your pet is not in immediate danger of choking, an item that has been swallowed can become lodged in the digestive tract and cause serious problems.
Bloat is caused by gas accumulation, which causes the stomach to rotate or twist, putting pressure on the diaphragm. As a result, breathing becomes difficult. If not treated immediately, bloat can be fatal.
Seizures of any severity and other like this is considered pet emergencies. Contact your veterinarian right away. If your dog’s convulsions last more than a few minutes, cover him with a blanket, keep your hands away from his mouth, and take him to the nearest emergency service.
Seizures are a symptom of serious health issues such as epilepsy, metabolic problems, brain tumors, and poisoning. Seizures can be life-threatening.
If you are seriously concerned about the health of your dog, seek immediate veterinary attention. You are familiar enough with your dog to recognize when something is seriously wrong. And you care about your dog enough not to take any chances. Remember that veterinarians care about animals and understand your concerns.