Pets are part of the family, and it’s stressful when they get sick or injured. However, unlike people, pets can’t always communicate what’s wrong, so it takes some special attention to discover the exact cause. Whether you’re new to pet ownership or a long time pet owner, it’s important to know the signs of illness or injury in your furry friend, and whether the symptoms require emergency care from a veterinarian.
If you have any questions about what kind of care your pet should receive, call us at the Veterinary Regional Referral Hospital in Decatur, AL at 256-350-7001.
What is Considered a Pet Emergency?
There are a number of ways in which your pet can end up in distress. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time for a trip to the emergency vet clinic.
Trauma: Bleeding, swelling, and other wounds and lacerations should be treated immediately, especially if they are the result of a bite from another animal, or from an impact with a vehicle.
Poisoning:If you suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic, call the vet right away. Common poisons for cats and dogs include chocolate, avocado, grapes, certain indoor and outdoor plants, medications, the sweetener xylitol, and more. General signs of poisoning include abdominal pain, convulsions, diarrhea, drooling, labored breathing, lethargy, vomiting, and even coma.
Difficulty Breathing: Wheezing, choking, and weak, raspy, or shallow breathing can be an indicator of a number of issues, including allergies, asthma, heart disease, or even lung disease. Pets cannot last longer than three minutes without breathing, so if you notice any breathing issues, head to the vet right away.
Other symptoms that require emergency care include abnormal odors or discharge, bleeding from the nose or mouth, seizures, bloating, retching, lameness, inability to urinate or defecate, and any other behaviour that raises concern. You know your pet best, so you know when behaviour is abnormal.
At the Veterinary Regional Referral Hospital, we have after-hour emergency services, because emergencies can’t wait for regular hours. Have questions about your pet? Call us at 256-350-7001.