IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY CARE, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CLOSEST VETERINARY EMERGENCY HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY.
Medical emergencies occur suddenly and without warning. It is important for all pet owners to have a basic understanding of common veterinary medical emergencies and basic first aid for their pet.
Some emergencies are obvious. A dog runs across the road and is hit by a car. Others may be just as serious – but not as obvious. A German Shepherd appears restless after a large meal and tries to vomit. Unknown to the owner, this is the beginning of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), one of the most serious medical emergencies in large breeds.
WHILE NO ONE CAN BE PREPARED FOR ALL EMERGENCIES, THERE ARE SOME SIMPLE GUIDELINES AND CLINICAL SIGNS THAT ALL PET OWNERS CAN FOLLOW AND LOOK FOR TO HELP THEIR PET LOVED ONES. WHO KNOWS, IT JUST MAY SAVE YOUR PET’S LIFE.
There are many possible medical emergencies that your pet may experience ranging from being struck by an automobile to acute internal problems such as an intestinal blockage. The following are some of the most common and serious conditions seen in veterinary hospitals that require immediate attention:
- Any severe difficulty in breathing or gasping for breath
- Massive bleeding
- Profound shock from any cause
- Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions)
- Penetrating wounds of the thorax (chest) or abdomen
- Coma and loss of consciousness
- Massive injuries to the body
- Burns and scalds
- Heat stroke
- Bites and fight wounds
- Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea
WHAT CAN I DO WHILE AWAITING VETERINARY HELP?
- Keep calm. This is important for both you and your pet.
- Contact your veterinary hospital, inform them of the situation, and get first aid advice.
- Keep your pet warm, as quiet as possible, and keep movement to a minimum, especially if there is possible trauma, broken limbs, or any neurological symptoms.
- Get to a veterinary emergency hospital as soon as possible, but drive carefully!