Accidents That Require Emergency Pet Care

16 July 2019
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Pets are like children, they are naturally curious and often get into things they shouldn't. So, regardless of how closely you keep an eye on your pets, accidents do happen. Many accidents involving your pet can be handled at home; even minor injuries can often wait until your pet can be seen by their veterinarian. However, there are certain times when accidents require the immediate attention of an emergency vet. Although you should use your best judgement when it comes to the care of your pet, here are 3 situations in which your pet should receive emergency medical attention.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

If your pet is hit by a motor vehicle, they should be examined by an emergency vet immediately. Even if your pet doesn't look like they are injured, they may have suffered internal injuries, many of which can be life threatening. When transporting your pet to the animal hospital, be sure to place them on a sturdy board or thick piece of cardboard in case there is an injury to their back or spine. Cover them with a blanket and if there are open cuts, be sure to cover them with a clean cloth. Also, don't forget to call the pet hospital while you are in route to let them know you are bringing your pet in and the type of injuries that are apparent.

Ingested Poisons

If you observe or suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, it is critical that they be examined by an emergency veterinarian immediately. There is a wide variety of products that may be poisonous to your pet, including cleaning products, automotive coolant, plants, and even certain foods. To learn more information about the products that may be poisonous to your pet, talk with their vet about a comprehensive list of items. It is also important that you are aware of the signs of possible poisoning, just in case your pet gets into something without your knowledge. Signs of poisoning may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Rapid breathing
  • Extreme fatigue

Anytime you suspect your pet may have been injured or is experiencing an unexpected, unusual illness, it is essential that you take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. It's important to keep in mind that often times when pets become ill, they do not display any symptoms right away, so they may have been ill for longer than you suspected, which means they should be evaluated as soon as possible.

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at South Seattle Veterinary Hospital.​