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In Case of a Pet Emergency, What Should I Do?

Coping With Veterinary Emergencies: Advice From Our Winnipeg Veterinarians

A sudden veterinary emergency is every loving pet owner's worst nightmare. Perhaps you haven't had a lot of experience with pets and you're worried that you won't respond correctly, or perhaps you're not even sure of what constitutes an emergency in the first place. At crucial moments like this, it pays to have picked up some pointers in advance from skilled, knowledgeable friends. Here are some important tips from our Winnipeg emergency Veterinary Hospital, Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre.

Identifying a Potential Emergency

What does a pet emergency look like? Common sights that should raise a red flag include:

  • Severe internal or external bleeding
  • Uncontrollable diarrhea or vomiting
  • Obvious breathing problems, unusual panting and/or gagging
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Difficult or unproductive attempts to urinate
  • Limping or inability to walk
  • Lacerations or deep open wounds
  • Disorientation, staggering, fainting, seizures or other neurological symptoms

Some of these symptoms can be produced by more than one potential emergency. For example, staggering or inability to get around properly may be related heat stroke, a leg injury, poison ingestion, a concussion or other serious situations. Understanding the dangers of the immediate environment can help you narrow the problem down. Look for any signs of toxic substances that have been opened, bite marks (if you're outdoors in snake country), excessive heat with insufficient water, or multiple acute injuries that might indicate a collision with a car or a fight with another animal.

Actions to Take (and Actions to Avoid)

Knowing what not to do when your pet is in trouble can be just as important as taking immediate action to stabilize his condition. For instance, don't reflexively induce vomiting in a poisoned pet; some ingested substances are so corrosive that they can do even more damage coming backup. Situations like this need to be left entirely to our emergency Veterinary Hospital.

But there are plenty of things a pet owner can do to prepare an ill or injured pet for a trip to our Hospital. A heat-stricken pet usually benefits from being wrapped in cool, damp towels as first measure in reducing body temperature. Covering an open fracture or wound in sterile bandages can help keep bacteria out en route to our Winnipeg Hospital. If you're not sure what to do, please call our Hospital immediately at 204-452-0911 so we can instruct you -- and so we can be prepared to receive the patient ASAP. We keep a veterinarian on duty 24 hours a day for just that reason.

Need More Information From Our Emergency Veterinary Hospital? Call Us Today!

Being prepared for a pet emergency means having all the necessary information at hand long before trouble strikes. Call us at 204-452-0911. Keep our phone number in a visible place that you'll remember to consult in the chaos of an emergency. Together we can rescue your pet from a life-threatening situation so he can enjoy many more happy years at your side!


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