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We don't often think of our beloved furry friends being susceptible to emergency situations, but it can happen. With indoor pets, emergencies are rarer than for outdoor pets, but any animal can encounter an emergency situation in the wrong circumstances. Here are some of the most common pet emergencies seen at today's veterinary clinics.
Unlike humans, dogs and cats do not sweat, except for a little bit on the pads of their feet. This gives them a little outlet for cooling themselves off naturally and releasing excess heat. Our pets need to always have access to fresh water, shade, and areas with good ventilation on hot days. If they become overheated, heatstroke is a possibility. You can tell the symptoms easily. On hot days, if your pet seems weak, lethargic, is salivating more than normal, is panting heavily, has bright red gums, or is vomiting, or any combination of these, it is likely heatstroke, and is an emergency. Spray your pet with cool water, put it in front of a fan, and bring it to the nearest emergency vet immediately.
This is a more frequent issue with indoor pets than outdoor ones, as they are around chemicals humans keep in the house. Generally, anything that would poison a human will also poison a pet. Therefore, it is important to keep cleaning chemicals, antifreeze, medications for humans, and most plants out of the reach of your pets. There are some human foods that can also poison a pet, such as chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, and more. If your pet has eaten anything poisonous to them, bring them to the nearest emergency veterinarian immediately, as prompt treatment brings better outcomes. Tell the vet what your pet ingested, if you know, as it makes treatment easier. If you aren't sure what is wrong with your pet and didn't witness them ingesting something poisonous, look for things like bleeding from the nose and/or mouth, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Outdoor and indoor/outdoor pets may be more susceptible to getting hit by cars, depending on if they live on or near a busy road, and how good they are about staying in their own yard. If your pet is hit by a car, they can be injured in a variety of ways, from blunt force trauma injuries to broken bones, cuts, bruises, and even missing limbs, ears, and tail. These are all obviously emergency situations. However, bring your pet to the vet even if he or she seems fine. You want to make sure there aren't any hidden injuries causing them harm. The sooner they are treated, the more likely they are to be okay, and the quicker they can heal.
There are other pet emergencies, but these are the most common. Any time your pet is acting strangely for no reason or has odd symptoms, bring them to the vet to be sure they are okay. And, if it is a clearly life-threatening issue for your pet, don't wait. Contact the emergency vet immediately and let them know you are on your way. You don't want to take any chances with your beloved furry family member's wellbeing.
Here at the Montrose Veterinary Clinic in Texas, we handle pet emergencies of all kinds and are here for you. We are also a full-service animal hospital and your trusted family veterinarian in Montrose taking care of things like general care, wellness visits, spay/neuter, pet boarding, vaccinations, and more. Contact us today at (713) 524-3814.