Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Barking Wednesday - When to call the Vet

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post. Each week I like to discuss a topic interesting to dog owners.  I enjoy sharing what I have l learned and info I have found to be helpful in raising Kingers.

Today I wanted to share some great info I found concerning when to contact your vet in a emergency situation!
If you are like me you never know when you should contact your vet after hours. Here is a list of 13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or care. I copied this list from The American Veterinary Medical Association website. The site is a excellent location to research issues with your dog.
  1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within 5 minutes
  2. Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  3. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  4. Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  5. Injuries to your pet's eye(s)
  6. You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  7. Seizures and/or staggering
  8. Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
  9. Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  10. Heat stress or heat stroke
  11. Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
  12. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  13. Unconsciousness
The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet's health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinarian. Do you call  after hours? Does it depends on the issue and the time of day of the issue - ask your vet. 
During your next visit to your vet take this list along and ask him or her their preference on when to be called for each issue. That is what I did!

29 comments:

  1. This is all great information. We just got our first dog in December and thankfully he hasn't needed to see the vet as of yet other than routine shots :)

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  2. Great information! Our dog has bad knees and the first time we found that out we thought she was going to need surgery. Thankfully the vet did x-rays and just said she has joint issues (at 3 years old), but glad we took her!

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  3. That's worth printing out as a reminder. Sometimes you don't think clearly in an emergency!

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  4. I don't have any pets but my mom does. We are lucky enough to have a great emergency vvet hospital thats open 24/7 just a few mile away.

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  5. i don't have a pet, but those sound like great reminders for pet owners and friends!

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  6. That is a really good idea to have this conversation with the vet before an emergency actually occurs. I will do that at our next regular visit.

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  7. **sigh** I have always wanted a dog but my allergie have made that nearly impossible.
    We live down the street from a brand new vet clinic too!

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  8. This is my worst nightmare. I had a pet emergency one night and it was just awful to be in that spot. Good tips.

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  9. This is marvelous information. I love our vet (sent her a huge Thank You gift basket for saving a dog's life the other day). It is important to know when to call the vet (and when not to) especially after-hours. Thanks for posting this.

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  10. This is such good information. I have an old dog and so she stays in bed most of the time but she still from time to time get herself into a mishap. So this is really good info!

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  11. I like your idea of talking over this list with the vet. I will have to make sure and do this so I Am not panicking in an emergency.

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  12. That is great to know. I never knew and your list helps.

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  13. Love the idea of printing the list and taking it to the vet with me. I am going to do this!

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  14. Thanks for sharing great tips! We don't have any pets at the moment, but I will share this post with my friends who have one.

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  15. This is great information! Thank you for sharing this.

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  16. excellent. I may print this for the fridge!! we have 2 kittens and a senior dog

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  17. There are some things on this list that I was unaware of - I am passing it on to all of my pet loving family and friends. It’s definitely a good idea to at least be knowledgeable when it comes to pets even when your not a pet owner.

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  18. Non pet people don't understand why us pet-people get freaked out when something seems amiss. I babied my dogs as much as I babied my kids because they were part of the family. An emergency is an emergency regardless of which family member it is!

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  19. I don't have any pets but this is good to know.

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  20. We just adopted a dog last week, so this is really helpful and timely information. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Great Tips I NEVER Half Of Them Thank You!1

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  22. Great post. We never really knew when to call - we didn't want to call and have it not be important enough, but were then afraid not to call.

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  23. great tips, we do not have any pets but they make a lot of sense!

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  24. This is really handy to have!

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  25. Thanks for the tips. Just like with humans, it can be hard to decide what justifies an emergency.

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  26. So far my dog has only had to go in for checkups--no emergencies-thank God!

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  27. This is a really helpful list to have. It is really difficult to decide on whether your pet needs emergency attention or not. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst!

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  28. Great information. With my pug, I would always get so worried when acted the least bit different. I was a worrier as a pet owner

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  29. Great info! Too many people don't know when to call the vet. The number should be listed by the phone with the rest of the emergency numbers!

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