Emergency Veterinary Care
Your pet probably has many strategies for communicating with you to share thoughts like “I’m hungry” or “I need to go outside,” but it may be a little harder to figure out what the problem is when your pet is showing signs of illness or injury. Because your pet cannot express that he is in pain or has a stomach ache, you may have to look for some distinctive behaviors that will alert you to bring him in to the vet. This article will explore some emergency situations for pets that should be met with veterinary care right away.
Identifying Illnesses and Injuries
Just like with people, there are many things that can go wrong with a pet’s health. Here are a few of the most serious signs of injury or illness that you will want to address immediately.
- Bloating – Bloating for dogs and cats can be very serious, so you will want to seek care as soon as possible. Bloat is most common in larger breed, middle-aged and older dogs, though it can occur in any cat or dog. When an animal has bloat, there may be gastric dilatation or volvulus occurring in the stomach, and each of these conditions has potentially fatal complications that may arise without proper care.
- Vomiting and Diarrhea – If a dog or cat vomits once, it may not be a major concern, because the animal may have simply eaten
- something disagreeable from the yard or the trash can when you weren’t watching. However, frequent vomiting or diarrhea could indicate more serious conditions that require diagnostic testing at the vet’s office.
- Worms – An animal with worms may show many different symptoms including refusal to eat or drink, fatigue, vomiting, coughing, rapid weight loss, or dullness of the coat. As soon as you notice any of these signs, you will want to call the vet to schedule an appointment.
- Limping – Limping or lameness in dogs and cats can be a sign that the animal has sustained an injury, or it could be the result of progressive conditions like hip dysplasia or arthritis. Lameness in the back legs may also indicate valley fever in dogs, so it is important to see the vet for an accurate diagnosis.
- Accidental Ingestions – There are many foods that may be unsafe for pets such as chocolate, raisins, onions, and alcohol. If your pet does manage to sneak any of these foods, you will want to call the vet to see if an immediate appointment is necessary. Sometimes careful monitoring of the animal may be sufficient depending on the type and amount of dangerous foods consumed.
Getting Your Pet to the Vet
When your pet is sick and in need of emergency care, you might need to provide extra help getting in and out of the car on the way to the vet’s office. You should be particularly careful with pets showing signs of injury, making sure not to apply any extra stress on the injured area. For emergency veterinary care you can count on in North Dallas, contact Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309.
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