Anything that threatens, or might threaten, your pet’s life is an emergency. Your pet can’t tell you he or she is in serious trouble, you need to know the signs. It’s especially dangerous when you’re away from home. Just like human family members, preparation is the key to successfully dealing with emergency veterinary services.
Signs of a Pet Emergency
- The obvious signs are bleeding, broken (or suspected) bones, choking or gagging, diarrhea/vomiting lasting over 24 hours, seizures or unconsciousness. Less obvious signs include (but are not limited to):
- Disorientation – is you pet walking into things or failing to recognize family and friends?
- Mobility – does your pet experience an inability to stand or to walk normally? Has your pet suddenly stopped playing with the same enthusiasm as a few days ago?
- Severe pain – is your pet expressing unexplained aggression or withdrawal, crying or shaking?
- Digestive or urinary problems – is the stomach hard to the touch or is your pet unsuccessfully trying to vomit or straining to urinate?
- If pregnant, has she been over 4 hours between deliveries? Is she well before or past her due date?
What to do Away from Home
When taking your pet on vacation, prepare:
First, a pet getting lost is an emergency – possibly the most common – so, get your pet microchipped and buy easy-to-read ID tags which include cell phone numbers. Keep pets on a leash whenever you’re in a situation where the pet might get lost. That’s almost everywhere, and your pet may object, but, remember – even though you trust your pet, you can’t always trust other animals or humans, and, when in the company of strangers, you never should.
Before you leave: Can your vet recommend a critical care center in your planned vacation area? If not, do some research on the Internet; find someone you can call in an emergency, a practice with an experienced staff like your friends at Nor Cal Vet. Keep an emergency packet with your pet’s medications, health history and other vital data on hand.
Pet Emergencies in Metro Frisco
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency Hospital is the place to get the best pet ER care in the Bay Area. We’ll treat your pet as if he or she was a member of our own family. Our professional staff gets the latest training to maintain our reputation as the best critical care center in metro San Francisco, California.