Ten Common Situations which Require Emergency Care

  1. Difficulty breathing
  2. Seizuring
  3. Bleeding
  4. Hit by car
  5. Painful eye
  6. Temperature above 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  7. Ingestion of any possibly toxic substance
  8. Severe lameness in any limb
  9. Inability to pass urine
  10. Repeated vomiting or diarrhea

Ten Steps to Assist your Veterinarian in an Emergency

  1. Keep a file with your pet’s records and bring it with you.
  2. Be a good observer; know when your pet last ate, drank, urinated or defecated.
  3. Bring a sample of any abnormal stool, vomit, or urine.
  4. If seizures or fainting occur, time the length of these episodes.
  5. Control bleeding with firm, direct pressure on the way to the veterinarian.
  6. Start cooling overheated pets by applying cold water on the way to the veterinarian.
  7. Bring containers of any possible ingested toxins to the veterinarian.
  8. Check with a veterinarian before giving any home remedies or human medications.
  9. Be aware that a pet who is in pain may bite even its owner.

Above all, remember to keep your head. You may need to make important decisions regarding your pet’s care.

Source: Pet Specialists of Monterey Bay, Inc

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