From food, to shelter, to emergency medical care, your pet depends on you for everything.
While it’s difficult to think about, sometimes dogs, cats, and other pets have medical issues that require quick, expert attention from a veterinarian.
Whether from eating and drinking too fast or the occasional hairball, it’s normal for pets to occasionally vomit. However, certain factors can make it a cause for immediate concern.
If your pet is vomiting repeatedly, blood is present, or they have a fever, it can be an indication of a more serious problem. Repeated vomiting can quickly leave your pet dehydrated, further complicating the underlying health issue.
It’s important to seek an emergency vet service immediately if any combination of these factors is present.
Dyspnea, or a pet’s difficulty breathing, can be hard to spot in pets, so you should learn to recognize it as it can be a sign of a medical emergency.
Panting or rapid breathing is normal after intense play, but if your cat or dog is exceeding 40 breaths per minute without provocation, it’s time to seek emergency services.
Common symptoms associated with breathing difficulties also include foaming at the mouth and coughing.
Your pets are just as vulnerable to high temperatures as you are. When left untreated, heatstroke in pets can quickly lead to organ failure.
During the summer months, should you observe your pet excessively panting, drooling, feel an irregular heart rate, or having sudden seizures, it can be an indication that your animal companion is unable to cope with the heat and needs medical attention.
Very young pets and older animals are the most vulnerable to temperature extremes, so take extra care to look for these symptoms should your pet fall in either range.
Your adventurous pet may seem able to tackle anything, but just like humans, animals can suffer from fractured or broken bones.
In extreme cases the broken bone may stick through the skin, making the injury obvious, but other fractures can be more subtle.
Limping or difficulty walking combined with whining or yelping are indications that your pet has suffered a bone fracture.
No amount of at-home care can properly reset a bone once it’s broken, so consult with a vet immediately.
Eating or bathroom habit changes.
While your pets can’t speak, you can learn much by observing and understanding their regular behaviors.
Decreases or increases in urination, a sudden loss of appetite, or difficulty defecating can all be signs of a serious underlying condition.
If your pet has exhibited any of these changes in routine for a period longer than 24 hours, don’t wait it out; instead set an appointment immediately.
Part of the family.
As a pet owner, you value your animal companion as much as the human members of your family. You should therefore give their medical needs the same attention you would give to your other loved ones.
If you see signs of an emergency, don’t wait it out or attempt treatment yourself. Seek quality care immediately, as it may save your pet’s life.