How to Recognize a Pet Emergency
You know your pet better than anyone — however, pets may be good at hiding pain and signs of illness. Here are some signs to watch for that may indicate the need for a veterinarian visit, or a possible emergency:
- A dramatic increase in respiratory rate.
- Changes in gum color, from healthy pink to white, yellow or gray.
- Unusual changes in behavior, such as aggression or unresponsiveness.
- Dramatic shifts in appetite, thirst, or weight.
- Unusual urination or stools.
In Case of Emergency
In the event that your pet experiences an injury or requires immediate healthcare attention, please follow these guidelines:
- Do not panic – remain calm.
- Protect yourself from injury – pets in pain may scratch or bite. You may want to carefully wrap a large towel around your pet.
- If there is a chance of back or neck injury, carefully place your pet on a wooden board or padded ironing board and minimize movement during transportation.
- Apply direct pressure to any area with active bleeding. In case of possible poisoning, seek immediate treatment and bring any product packaging.
- Call your family veterinarian for advice in any possible emergency situation.
- Call the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center for information and instructions.