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Common Pet Emergencies To Watch Out For

It can sometimes be difficult to decide whether something can be considered an emergency or not, especially when it comes to your pet. To take great care of your pet, it is important to be able to recognize and act upon any abnormalities that could be signs that they are sick or injured. Seeking veterinary care immediately can ensure they get the help that they need.


What Can Be Considered A Pet emergency?


Many situations could be classified as a pet emergency. Should you feel concerned for your pet’s wellbeing at any point, we recommend that you contact your veterinarian in Weslaco at Border Animal Hospital. If your pet experiences any of the following, it should be considered an emergency and you should get in contact with your vet as quickly as possible, and we are now open 7 days a week!


  • Severe bleeding – whether from an open wound or your pet’s eyes, nose, or mouth

  • Any difficulties breathing (this includes choking, gagging, or continuous coughing)

  • Lack of appetite or refusal to drink 

  • State of unconsciousness 

  • Bone fractures, breaks, or dislocations 

  • Any obvious signs of extreme pain 

  • Heatstroke 

  • Cases of severe vomiting or diarrhea 

  • Consumption of toxic substances, such as plants, household poisons, or pesticides 

  • Insect stings or reptile bites 

  • Any concerning injury to your pet’s eyes

  • Seizures

  • Pain or difficulty when urinating  


Some other abnormalities to look out for could include a high temperature, weak or rapid pulse, and difficulty standing. If you encounter any of these issues or any other situations that may raise concern, call our veterinary office to get advice on how best to proceed. We will be able to give you valuable information over the phone, including telling you to come in to get urgent treatment if necessary.


What Can You Do To Be Prepared For A Pet Emergency?


It is wise to keep a fully stocked first aid kit for your pet so that you can react quickly should an emergency occur. This way, you can make sure that your pet is in a stable condition before taking them to your vet at Border Animal Hospital. 


The recommended equipment for a pet’s first aid kit is unsurprisingly similar to what you would find in one for a human. The list below contains some suggested items that you will find useful to have should an emergency arise:


  • Absorbent dressings or gauze as well as bandages to wrap any possible wounds or injuries 

  • Surgical tape to secure your dressings 

  • A thermometer to closely monitor your pet’s temperature

  • Scissors that can be used to cut dressings

  • Bottled water should you need to treat burns or rinse your pet’s eyes 


How Should You React During A Pet Emergency?


First and foremost, ensure you remain calm. Not only will this make it easier to communicate with your vet and get the most efficient help for your pet, but it will also help to keep your pet relaxed, too. 


Call your vet in Weslaco, TX as soon as possible and give them any relevant information about your pet’s condition: the nature of their injury, to what extent they were hurt, how long they have been in this condition, and any other information you judge to be appropriate. Your vet will likely ask additional questions to best assess the situation at hand so that they can more easily determine the severity of your pet’s emergency. 


Depending on their assessment, they will direct you through the best course of action, whether that be bringing in your pet immediately, providing your care at home before they can see them, or waiting until open hours to bring in your pet. Your vet is your best source of information and assistance, so you must listen carefully to what they instruct you to do.


For more information and advice on pet emergencies, please call Border Animal Hospital in Weslaco, Texas at (956) 968-3858 with any questions or to schedule an appointment today.

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