How to Tell If Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

Our furry friends are good at hiding pain. But if you observe them, you will notice some changes in behavior. You should not hesitate if you see something that concerns you. It is better to be safe than sorry. Here are some signs to help you know if your pet needs emergency care.


Weakness or Difficulty Standing


Sometimes, you may dismiss this sign and think it will resolve. However, it may be indicative of a clot or a problem with the heart, spine, lungs, or brain. The best course of action is to rush your fur baby to the vet for a checkup and treatment. Otherwise, they may lose the function of their limbs or get other complications.


Vomiting and Diarrhea


The situation is critical when you notice blood in your pet’s stool or vomit. Avoid waiting for it to get to this point. Get immediate medical attention. The symptoms may be due to ingesting a toxin or organ dysfunction. Either way, dash your pet to the vet. They will perform tests to diagnose the problem and recommend treatment.


Stomach Is Swollen


A swollen and rigid stomach is a sign of bloating or gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV). It may seem like simple air in the stomach, but when bloating develops into a volvulus, it is life-threatening. When the gas-filled stomach twists, it closes the entry and exit points in the stomach. Without urgent surgery, the stomach wall can rupture.


Difficulty Breathing


Breathing issues need urgent medical care. They can indicate problems with your pet’s lungs or heart. The situation can quickly escalate. Hence, you need to react fast. You may also witness coughing or choking along with labored breathing. Sometimes, your pet may cough blood, a sign of an infectious disease. Pick up the phone and call the vet immediately.


Excessive Panting


Animals, especially dogs, pant because they do not sweat as humans do. The panting will increase in hot weather. However, it shows their body temperature is critical when it is excessive. It could take a quick turn for the worst, leaving their organs to shut down. You should not leave your pet in the car on a hot day. Outside in the hot sun is not any better if they do not have a way to cool down. Heat poses an immense risk to animals.


Straining to Defecate or Urinate


When your pet has difficulty going to the bathroom, you should seek medical attention immediately. The situation could be indicative of a bladder stone or tumor. The presence of either can lead to excessive pressure on the bladder, which can lead to kidney failure. Rush your fur baby to the vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Seizures or Fainting


These can indicate that your pet has an issue with its heart or brain. The same can also happen if your pet gets a poisonous bite. Visit an emergency clinic right away with your pet. Venom can break down their tendons, muscles, and ligaments, causing permanent damage. The vet will also check if there are any other underlying issues.

For more information on emergency care, visit The Animal Hospital at our office in Slingerlands, New York. Call (518) 456-0852 to book an appointment today.

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