Recognizing A Pet Emergency

Dec_DogPhoneIn a pet emergency, every passing moment counts. Although every pet owner dreads the concept of their pet in pain or discomfort, identifying symptoms and behavior changes can save vital time. And, what’s more, acting swiftly on your observations and knowledge can even save your pet’s life.

Most pet owners keep themselves in the loop regarding potential pet poisons, but some simply don’t have a plan of action in case a pet is exposed to something dangerous, or accidently injured.

Together, let’s review the warning signs of a pet emergency and how, by getting them assistance right away, you can save your pet’s life.

Knowing What to Look For

First things first: If we aren’t already on your speed dial, please enter (508) 653-3420 into your phone today. If you determine that your pet requires our attention, it’s best you have our number at the ready so you aren’t scrambling for it later. Also, a good rule is to have your pet’s medical records in an accessible place should you need them. We may also ask you to bring any medications that your pet needs.

Depending on your pet’s exposure to toxins or accidental injury, he or she may clearly display warning signs, or change certain behaviors to hide symptoms and cover up pain. Any of these signs require veterinary assistance immediately:

  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Lethargy
  • Respiratory difficulty
  • Decreasing or lack of mobility
  • Collapse
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Convulsions/seizures/Disorientation
  • Excessive panting
  • Pacing
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Pale or blue gums (signaling low blood pressure)

Is It a Pet Emergency, Or Isn’t It?

It can be difficult to ascertain whether or not your pet requires medical care. In some cases, symptoms can manifest ever so slightly, or may appear to be minor, or self-correcting in time. But, if you notice any normal behaviors shifting drastically, such as snubbing food or withdrawing to dark corners of your home, it’s time to pay attention, as your pet is trying to tell you something.

Pets can certainly come down with harmless viruses (like a cold) so, when in doubt, write down observations, check in regularly, and follow your instincts. Your pet may not need emergency assistance, but it is better to be safe than sorry. And please, never hesitate to call us with any questions.

Transporting Your Pet In An Emergency

Handling your sick or injured pet can be difficult; err on the side of caution at all times. Animals can react unpredictably as they cope with illness and cause injury to others, or even injure themselves further, as they try to deal.

Place your pet in his or her travel kennel as soon as you can to confine them and prepare them for the drive to see us. Please try to remain calm, focus on the road (and the speed limit), and follow any instructions we’ve given you over the phone.

If your pet’s condition isn’t conducive to crating, please call us for instructions on how to best move your pet without making things worse.

In a pet emergency, we only get one chance to help them and a minute can make all the difference. Consider installing the American Red Cross’s  Pet First-Aid app for your smartphone and bone up on basic preparations. Remember our location and enter directions into your GPS, if necessary.

We are always here to help your pet and look forward to partnering with you for their best care!