Common Pet Emergencies
Pet emergencies that may arise include:
Trauma, such as getting hit by a car or injured in a fall
Collapsing or fainting
Problems related to giving birth
Swallowing a foreign object, like a toy or sock
Nerve problems or problems in the brain, which may exhibit as uncoordinated walking or unresponsiveness
How to Handle
In the case of physical traumas, evaluate the injury and use a clean bandage or cloth to gently wrap the injured area. Do not use any antiseptic and avoid cleaning out a wound. A Charlotte emergency veterinarian at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital has the experience and skill to clean out a wound without causing harm to your pet. You want to avoid unnecessarily causing further injuries and focus on getting your pet to a professional. Wrapping the wound helps slow the bleeding. If your pet has severe bleeding, then put pressure on the wound and have someone hold your pet with pressure to the area while you seek emergency services.
When a pet swallows poison, seek immediate emergency care. The poison must be removed from your pet's system to reduce the impact on his or her health. It’s also crucial to seek treatment for allergic reactions caused by foods or insect bites, since they may cause a similar reaction to poisoning.
In the case of heatstroke, use cool water to gently cool down your pet before taking further action. Do not use cold water, since it may send a pet into shock. Cool water from a hose or a tub will help. Seek treatment when your pet does not show signs of heatstroke.
When to Seek an Emergency Vet
in Charlotte, NC
When to Seek
an Emergency Vet in Charlotte, NC
Emergencies impact your pet's health, and you want to prepare for the possibility of complications by seeking proper treatment. When you suspect an emergency or have any concerns about your pet's health, seek emergency treatment. To learn more about emergencies or for an appointment, call 704-563-5858 today.