How to Recognize a Pet Emergency

If you believe that you have a pet emergency then contact Animal Health Partners – Emergency Veterinary Services immediately. Sometimes a small symptom can appear to be an emergency to pet owners. That is why it is important to understand how to recognize a pet emergency.

There are obvious signs that demonstrate whether a pet emergency is present, for example, if your pet is not breathing or unconscious, that would be a certain sign of a pet emergency.

There are also other signs that could be minor or could be fatal. Here are the signs you should look for to recognize a pet emergency:

  • Bleeding and open wounds that do not stop.
  • Unconsciousness
  • No breathing or rapid breathing
  • Vomiting (multiple times) this could be a sign that your pet has ingested a toxic or poisonous substance
  • Having a seizure
  • Unable to walk, this could be due to a broken bone
  • Unable to urinate
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Pale gums
  • Eye injuries

There are other immediate circumstances that would require emergency pet care. For example, if your pet was struck by a car, ingested a toxic substance, or engaged in a fight with another animal, then you would be able to know straight away that this was an emergency.

What are the Signs of an Unhealthy Dog?

It is useful to know the signs of an unhealthy dog to prepare you in case of a dog emergency. Dogs can act differently to other animals and present different signs of being sick or unhealthy. The main signs of an unhealthy dog you should look out for are:

  • Behaviour or character change

Your dog could begin to act erratically or become more reserved. If you have had your dog for a long time you would be able to witness a change in behaviour. If you haven’t had your dog long and are not sure, then contact a vet for advice.

  • Red eyes

This could indicate an infection or injury and may lead to blindness if left untreated.

  • Change in eating and drinking habits

Dogs are creatures of habit and you will notice if there is a change in their daily routine. If they stop eating or start drinking excessively, this could be a sign of something more sinister.

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

If your dog has persistent vomiting or diarrhea, this could be the sign of a fever, infection, or that your pet has ingested something bad for them.

  • Weight loss

Any weight loss can be a sign of something serious and should be treated with urgency. Monitor your dog’s eating habits and water intake.

If you are unsure about any symptoms your dog has, please contact us for advice.

What if I Have a Dog Emergency?

It is best to already be prepared and know who to call for a pet emergency. In an emergency situation start by calling the number you were provided. You can discuss the situation and decide on the next steps.

Dependent on the situation your dog may need to go to the pet emergency room for treatment. This is perfectly normal and there are great teams on hand to ensure the comfort and safety of your dog.

Call Today for Pet Emergencies and Advice

If you have a pet emergency call Animal Health Partners immediately. If you are unsure on the symptoms your pet has or whether it may be an emergency then you should contact us straight away where our professional and friendly team can resolve your issue.