Caring for your pet in an emergency

by | General Pet Care |

When an emergency hits your family, the last thing you want is to be unprepared. The ASPCA has some very helpful tips to make sure you’re prepared if that day comes.

Emergency care for pets

24 hour emergency services

Talk to your veterinarian about what 24/7 services are available in your region. Whether it’s your veterinarian, or another in the area, it’s going to be important for you to have that address and phone number on hand.

Signs your pet may need emergency care

The ASPCA also has a helpful list of signs to watch for if you think your pet may need emergency care due to trauma, such as a fall or accident. They may also need care due to poisoning, insect bites, heat stroke, or choking. Here are the signs they provide to watch for:

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Apparent paralysis
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding
Next Steps

When pets have been severely injured, they may act aggressively towards you, so it’s important to take precautions. Click here for the ASPCA’s advice on how to approach dogs and cats in these situations.

There are also some First Aid treatments listed in the ASPCA’s article, as well as advice on performing CPR.

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