Wait or Go? How to Identify a Pet Emergency
Even though spring hasn’t quite sprung yet in Kansas, we can be sure it’s on the way with many opportunities to get outside with your furriest buddy. You can envision it now: throwing the Frisbee to Fido, watching as he goes running to fetch it…but wait! There’s another dog in the park who suddenly growls at your pet, biting him unexpectedly on the neck. You run over to help and, seeing no blood, realize your pet doesn’t seem hurt. All’s well, right? Not so fast.
While there are many times when rushing your pet to the hospital may seem like a false alarm, there are definite times you should! The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital can help you distinguish between an actual pet emergency and a “wait and see” scenario.
All Symptoms Point to Go! When it’s Definitely a Pet Emergency
There are some situations that seem like a possible but not immediate threat (like one bout of vomiting), but there are others that warrant a fast response, such as:
- Falling from a height
- Straining to urinate/defecate
- Swollen abdomen
- Bleeding from nose, eyes, mouth, or rectum
- Trauma such as being hit by a car
- Animal attack/bite
- Difficulty birthing
- Ingestion of a known toxin
- Broken bones or deep wounds
- Loss of consciousness
- Trouble breathing
In these cases, even if your pet seems alright, it’s imperative to bring them in immediately; there are many injuries or illnesses that progress rapidly if not treated.
Consult Us First
In some cases, a “wait and see” approach is necessary to determine the cause or severity of symptoms. We suggest calling us anytime your pet displays the following symptoms:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Slight increase in temperature
- Temporary limping
- Sneezing, coughing
- Acting “off”
It’s likely we’ll want to examine your pet to screen out any problems. Call us for more instructions about what to look for.
Trust Your Gut
During most pet emergencies, an owner simply notices that something isn’t right with their pet or that they’re acting strangely. This is a great instinct that can help with quick treatment and a better prognosis for your best fur friend. We encourage you to trust your gut and reach out to the team at Blue Valley with any questions or concerns.
For more information about how to prepare for a pet emergency or to schedule an appointment, please calls us!