Common Pet Emergencies You May Encounter

Common Pet Emergencies You May Encounter

Animals tend to be subjected to many of the same types of health-related emergencies that we are as humans, and with some of these issues being poisoning, the risks can be extremely high. With animals, though, it is more difficult to tell what is wrong with them medically since they are unable to communicate what is wrong with them verbally. In addition, it is more difficult to determine whether it is a medical emergency or something that can be dealt with at home, wait until tomorrow, wait until next week, etc.

It is imperative that you become proficient at interpreting your pet’s cues and watching for signals that a condition or injury is more than just routine. The below overview can assist in helping you determine whether a situation is an emergency.

Common Pet Emergencies

  • Sudden upset stomaching or vomiting
  • Choking or airway restriction
  • Serious skin burn or rash
  • Poisoning
  • Unconsciousness
  • Trauma (like being struck by a vehicle)
  • Severe bleeding from an opening
  • Eye injury
  • Broken bones
  • Complications during delivery

Symptoms That Signal Immediate Treatment May Be Needed

  • Sudden low energy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sudden disorientation
  • Sudden limping
  • Inability to defecate or urinate
  • Severe cuts
  • Refusal to socialize or changes in personality

The aforementioned are just some of the symptoms and signs that immediate care is needed, but even then, there may be some gray areas. As with humans, it is best to always err on the side of cautions and be safe than sorry. You are never wrong to take your pet to the veterinarian’s office, or at the very least, give them a call so that the best course of action can be determined.

Ultimately, though, you are more familiar with your pet than anyone else, so if your get is telling you that something is off, you’re probably right. The stakes are too high to take the chance and not take your pet to the vet if you suspect there is something wrong.

Contact us at Huntsville Veterinary Specialists & Emergency to schedule an appointment. We are available by phone 24/7 if an emergency situation arises, so don’t hesitate to contact us at any time—day or night—if you believe something is wrong with your pet.