Helpful Tips for Seeking Emergency Care for your Pets

Wouldn’t it be nice to know when you needed to take your pet to the vet? It is not always clear when you need to bring your pet in for emergency care, so here are a few helpful tips from Dr. Sweitzer and Dr. Watrobski to keep in mind when your pet is not acting like themselves.

Helpful Tips for Seeking Emergency Help:

  • Have information for closest 24-hour pet hospital near your home
  • If unable to drive or carry/lift pet, have a number for a service that can such as Pets to Vets or a neighbor/friend who can help
  • Know what medications your pet is on and medical records in an easily accessible file
  • Stay Calm!

Important Signs/Symptoms for Possible Emergencies:

  • Wounds/Bleeding: large/deep wounds or any type of blood loss needs immediate medical attention.
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea: acute vomiting or diarrhea can cause dehydration. It can also be a symptom of a more critical problem such as an intestinal blockage, toxicity or organ failure.
  • Difficulty Breathing: this consists of abnormal, labored, or rapid breathing. If pet is not breathing properly, the blood will not get enough oxygen, which can cause damage to internal organs such as the brain and heart.
  • Seizures: changes to the mental attitude constitutes emergency care. If a pet is having a seizure DO NOT touch them as they may bite. Make sure they are in a safe place where they cannot fall or injure themselves, then get to the vet as soon as possible.

Due to Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital being a 24 hour Emergency Hospital, we constantly see cases that need immediate medical attention. Some of the most common cases that we see are vomiting and diarrhea, allergic reactions, seizures, trouble breathing or eating inappropriate items such as clothing, toys, medications, rat bait etc. You might be wondering what our protocol is for when these types of emergencies arrive, so our doctors are going to explain it thoroughly.

Conejo Vet’s Protocol for Emergencies:

  • Triage pet to evaluate how stable they are – this will also determine your pet’s priority since more critical patients will go first.
  • If the technician believes that the pet is not stable they will then rush it to the back for further evaluation such as oxygen if pet is not breathing well and to have a doctor look at your pet faster.
  • The doctor will then evaluate the pet and once they have done a thorough exam they will then go speak with the owner to gather more information on the case
  • Once the evaluation is done, the doctor will then go over the findings, what the problem/recommendations for any diagnostics needed to further narrow the potential causes of the pet’s symptoms.
  • An estimate will then be presented with diagnostics and treatment the doctor recommends so the owners can make a formal financial decision and easily visualize what the doctor recommends.

If you are ever not sure whether your pet is needing emergency care, please contact your local vet hospital as soon as possible. They will be able to consult with a doctor and make the best recommendation for your pet.

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