Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Does My Dog Need Emergency Care?


            Mommy, I don’t feel so hot.

 Does your dog, an important part of your family, require emergency care? It is a question that we all, as pet lovers, sometimes face. If they do, do you have a plan prepared? Does your vet handle his/her own emergencies or do you need to go to an emergency hospital? This is an important question to ask your vet.

When does your dog require emergency care? There could be several reasons. Sometimes it may be obvious; an open wound, ingestion of poison, snakebite, insect sting, or any life-threatening situation. Some of the signals may be, in no particular order;
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Difficulty standing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Apparent paralysis
  • Rapid heart rate
We suggest you really take some time to observe your dog. Just like with a child, get to know his normal behavior. Sometimes just knowing or sensing something is wrong can be the difference between life and death. In some instances, like with bloat, being able to act quickly saves the life of your dog.

An important thing to remember with an injured or impaired pet is to protect yourself. Often an injured pet may become aggressive. Approach your dog calmly and slowly. Speak in a reassuring voice and let him sense you think everything will be fine. If you feel comfortable/safe to transport your pet, take them immediately to your vet or emergency care facility. It is always a good idea to call your vet so you are expected, and depending upon the severity of the reason, they can be prepared. If you are too rushed or panicked, have a friend or family member call for you.

If you are able, there are a few things you may be capable of doing to help before transporting your dog.
  • If your dog has an open wound and is bleeding, just like with humans, elevate and apply pressure to the wound.
  • For a choking dog, see if you can dislodge the blockage by placing your fingers in hie mouth/throat.
When you call your vet, ask what you need to or can do to help.

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