What to Do and What to Look For In Pets Emergency


Pets emergency typically present special challenges because underlying symptoms may not be evident for 24-48 hrs after the initial presentation. What determines the outcome of pet emergency treatment are the severity of the primary illness or injury, the amount of fluid or blood loss, animal age, prior health problems, other associated conditions, the time delay in instituting therapy, the volume and rate of fluid administration, and the choice of fluids.

What to do and what to look for in pets

Contacting the veterinary hospital near you should be the first option but observing all the initial signs presented by the pet should also be a priority. For example some allergy signs (food allergy relating to diet) subside very fast and not necessary a major concern but should be noted for the local vets on call. They will need this for clinical history before treatment.

The first thing to do should be a phone call to veterinary hospital near you while observing the pet condition. Your veterinary specialists will instruct you on what to do on the phone and also give you tips on how to transport your animal to the hospital.

Symptoms that may require emergency vet attention

  • Allergy that progress for over 24 hours (itching, drooling, salivation)
  • Progressive crying when touched or during play
  • Unexpected change in behavior
  • Sunken cloudy eyes or difficulty in seeing
  • Drug overdose and signs of poisoning (ear, gum or mouth bleeding and excessive salivation)
  • Slow and none responding pulse or heart beat
  • Shortness of breath or labored breathing that continues for several hours
  • Progressive sneezing, wheezing, coughing with eye and nose discharges
  • Enlarged abdomen with mild to chronic discomfort
  • Pet suspected to have ingest a foreign object
  • Pale and whitish gums or tongue
  • Uncontrolled bleeding resulting from trauma
  • Trauma of any kind that incapacitate animal for long hour
  • Choking (upper respiratory disease)
  • Constipation and uncontrollable straining
  • Feces /stool (feces could be- green or black color, mucous, a foul smell)
  • External damage revealing internal organs (joints, bones, brain, abdomen and chest)
  • Protruding eye
  • Intense and continuous salivation
  • Bite (poisonous spider, snake, scorpion or any suspected to be wild)
  • Biting and Chewing of object of any kinds (plastics and metals)
  • Heat stroke or a fever over 105°F
  • Difficulty giving birth
  • Progressive weakness after birth
  • Extreme lethargy or depression, unconsciousness, collapse, or coma and seizures
  • Swollen joints with blisters
  • Severe lameness

For more information on pet emergency, use our find Veterinarians in Nigeria directory and Ask a Vet Online to contact your professional veterinarians near you.

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