Unfortunately accidents do happen. When you have an emergency with your pet you may find it difficult to make rational decisions, especially if something happens during the middle of the night. It is crucial to have an emergency plan in place before you need it.
7 Things to Know in Case of an Emergency with Your Pet
- Your vet’s emergency phone number
- The local emergency clinic number
- Directions to the emergency clinic
- Poison Control number (Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-426-4435 * a fee may apply)
- How to perform basic CPR on your pet
- How to stop bleeding/apply a basic pressure wrap
- How to muzzle your pet (to keep an injured pet from biting you)
If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has a 24-hour hotline at 888-426-4435. Trained toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet and what and how much he/she ate and then make a recommendation (such as whether to induce vomiting) based on their assessment. There is a consultation fee.
13 Animal Emergencies that require immediate veterinary care.
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Fractured bones, severe lameness or ability to move leg(s).
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety.
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that does not stop in five minutes.
- Choking, difficulty breathing or non-stop coughing/gagging
- Heat stress or heat stroke
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood or blood in urine.
- Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or pain associated with urinating or passing stool.
- Eye injuries
- You suspect or know that your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as rodent poison, antifreeze, xylitol (sugar free gum), chocolate, etc.)
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea- more that two episodes in a 24 hours period.
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
ANY concern about your pet’s health warrants, at least a call to your veterinarian.
You should be prepared with methods of payment for your pet’s emergency care. Emergency care is often more expensive than routine care due to the intensity of diagnostics, monitoring and treatment required. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to pay for that care. A deposit or payment in full may be required at the time of service and billing is not available. Delaying emergency care to avoid emergency fees could put your pet’s life at risk. Planning ahead for financial coverage of emergencies, perhaps by having a seperate account or credit card for emergency use only or pet insurance can save you a lot of stress when they do happen.
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