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.
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within 5 minutes
- Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
- Injuries to your pet's eye(s)
- You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Heat stress or heat stroke
- 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
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
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!