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
- Apparent paralysis
- Rapid heart rate
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.
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