Join us in this article discussing some of the reasons why you should visit a veterinary hospital. Many pet owners are worried about one thing: being able to identify an emergency in time to save their pets. Being well-informed and knowing how to act in an emergency is your best ally when you have to run against the clock, so you may find the information in this article to be very useful.
Pets may not be able to speak and say how they got injured, what they ate, or what insect stung them, but pet owners know them well and can identify even the subtle changes in behavior. We will discuss some of the most noticeable symptoms indicating your pet may be suffering an emergency and, in a future blog post, we will take a closer look at other emergencies.
There are many reasons why your dog or cat may start bleeding, and you should not take any of them lightly. We can start with the most common causes of bleeding: lacerations or cuts. Your pet may have been out playing, or they may have been acting like their usual curious self, and they could get cut because of any misplaced sharp tools or debris. Phone your veterinarian to let them know that you are coming. Try covering the area with clean cloths and apply gentle force until the bleeding stops, but be careful because injured pets may behave more aggressively.
It is also possible you spotted your dog’s nose bleeding. There are different reasons why this could happen, like trauma or respiratory tract infections. As with any case of bleeding, you will want to reassure your pet and calm them to avoid increasing the bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop on its own, you should take your pet to the emergency veterinary hospital. You should also try calling your veterinarian to verify if you should go to them at once or not. There are other, more serious, causes for nose bleeding in small animals, but we don’t want to alarm you. Still, consider consulting with your veterinarian as soon as possible to rule out poisoning, the existence of nasal tumors, or other infections.
Be careful if you have noted bloody stools. We will save you some time: call your veterinarian if you find blood in your pet’s stools. Patients must receive specialized care for hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, viral infections, and other, more serious, causes. It may also be just a one-time problem with something in their diet, but you should be attentive to large amounts of blood in your pet’s stools or recurrent episodes of bleeding.
Vomiting or Diarrhea
Most cases of vomits are simple cases of your pet’s food not agreeing with them; however, if your pet has two or more vomiting episodes in 24 hours, you should consult with the veterinarian to rule out more concerning causes. You should be attentive to the vomiting and other symptoms like weakness or pain. Your pet may have ingested something they shouldn’t, and if they suffer any other chronic disease, you should not wait 24 full hours. Take your pet to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible.
Diarrhea may occur due to similar reasons. Make sure you call a veterinarian hospital to determine if your pet will need additional help in preventing dehydration and fatigue. Watch out for blood if they have diarrhea, and visit a health center as fast as you can to help your pet.
It is not often that pets look like they are exhausted or that they have trouble breathing, so it pays to mind their condition if you notice your pet is coughing, choking, or if they have shallow breathing. Inspect their necks for signs of a swollen throat. Cat owners should be attentive to open-mouth breathing as well. All these symptoms may be indicative of asthma, allergies, foreign bodies in the pet’s throat, and even lung infections. Take your pet to the veterinary hospital as soon as possible to help them overcome these respiratory difficulties.
Here at COCEAH, we receive patients suffering from various emergencies, and we remain committed to delivering the highest level of care for all. You can find us in Newport Beach, and while you can trust your pet will receive the highest level of care when you come to us, you should take your pet to the closest veterinary hospital when they have a life-threatening emergency. You can click on this link to get directions to our clinic, and if you give us a call at 9497633436 ahead of your arrival, we will be better prepared to treat your pet.