Unlike those ponchos you see everyone wearing at Niagara Falls, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to an emergency situation. Indeed, every pet is unique and so is every risky or dangerous scenario. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared! Knowing what to look for and how to handle a pet emergency is critical and could save your pet’s life someday.
Go With Your Gut
You know your pet the best, so you’re more likely to notice slight changes and symptoms associated with illness or injury. However, it’s not always obvious when there’s an emergency, so awareness and preparation are major factors that impact the outcome of your pet’s situation.
If you’re ever in doubt, please contact us. You’re accustomed to your pet’s behaviors and patterns, so listening to your instincts is absolutely critical.
Recognizing a Pet Emergency
The following signs typically indicate there’s a pet emergency that requires immediate medical care:
- Severe bleeding
- Respiratory distress such as rapid, shallow, or labored breathing
- Coughing up blood
- Broken bones
- Any injury sustained to the eye(s)
- Animal bites
- Painful or bloody urine or stool
- Seizure, collapse, or unconsciousness
- Obvious signs of pet poisoning from toxic plants, Xylitol, chocolate, or chemicals
- Behavioral shifts, including aggression or hiding
Depending on the situation, you may also notice:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Inappetance or refusal to drink water
- Abnormal body temperature (either too high or too low)
- Choking, gagging, or excessive coughing
- Increased vocalization or anxiety
As soon as symptoms become obvious, time is truly of the essence. Every moment counts, and it’s imperative to remain calm. We understand it can be extremely stressful to see your pet in pain or experiencing a trauma. That’s why our team is here to assist you from the minute you call or bring your pet in for emergency care.
A true pet emergency can vary, and whether your pet requires hospitalization, surgery, or diagnostic tests, you can rely on the team at True Care Veterinary Hospital. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Molly and Oscar have been patients of Dr. Tullio for several years. I have been very pleased with his care‚ his expertise‚ and his understanding with my two Wheatens. Dr. Tullio has been quick to diagnose any issues and remedy all of the problems we’ve had. I look forward to many more years working with Dr. Tullio. I wish him well in his venture.
Doctor Tullio is a kind, caring gentleman who has cared for my cocker spaniels for many years now. He has always been helpful‚ honest‚ and understanding with my pets and me. He is a man I trust completely and have and do refer others to him. Any pet owner can feel safe and secure in trusting their beloved pets to his skilled hands.
—Margaret Rowe‚ Howell‚ NJ
Dr. Tullio has always treated our dogs with great knowledge‚ care‚ and compassion‚ and we have grown to know him quite well. We have been so completely impressed with Dr. Tullio’s consistent excellence in care and services that we wanted to share our experience with others. We are pleased to recommend as the place to go for both quality treatment and compassionate care for your furry family members.
When my parents’ dog Kya died very suddenly a few years ago‚ their regular vet was not at work that day. But thankfully‚ Dr. Tullio was and treated my parents and their dog as if he was their doctor for the past 15 years—doing everything he could to try and revive Kya and by being so compassionate to my parents in the waiting room after having to deliver the sad news. We truly can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Tullio and can’t wait for him to open his new facility! Thank you.
—Lori Forrest & Bob Leahy