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Aiden Meyer

Pet Emergencies And You

There are times when you might notice that your pet isn’t feeling very well or has been acting funny. Other times, your pet might become injured and you aren’t quite sure what steps to take in order to keep your pet from being hurt further.

This article will go over a variety of things to look out for, which mostly apply to dogs/cats, but may apply generally to any pet you might own. It’s important to know what you should do in the event of an emergency regarding your pet, as performing the wrong action may lead to the situation worsening.

Here are the following things you should keep in mind for the future:

What Should I Look Out For?

There are a wide range of things to look out for as a pet owner that would warrant a call to your nearest vet if you see happen. Things such as:

  • Constant Vomiting/Diarrhoea
  • Trauma
  • Collapse
  • Difficulty with Breathing
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Poisoning through accidental ingestion
  • Bloat
  • Seizures
  • Neurological Problems (disorientation, uncoordinated movement, severe lethargy, unresponsiveness)
  • Eye Problems
  • Stings/Allergic Reactions

If your pet experiences any of these, a call to the vet should be your immediate priority, and you should be prepared to drive your pet out to the vet in order to be treated.

Who Should I Call?

It’s extremely important to establish who your nearest vet is, keeping their contact details written somewhere in case of an emergency, and how to get there. The last thing you want to be doing in a potentially high-stress situation is wasting time trying to find their number or where they are.

Physically write it down, and keep it somewhere near your home phone.

It’s important not to panic in these kind of situations, if you feel like your pet might need help, it’s worth the peace of mind the consultation will cost you when you drive to the vet to confirm whether anything is wrong.