24/7 Emergency Hospitals

Emergency To Do’s

24/7 Emergency Hospitals

Emergency To Do’s

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.

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.