pet emergenciesMurphy’s Law stipulates: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. While we can’t go through life anticipating every possible catastrophe, this famous adage may be appropriate regarding pet care. Indeed, it’s amazing to find a pet owner that hasn’t dealt with a true pet emergency, as life with an animal is full of surprises and unexpected turns. If you’ve been looking to bone up on what constitutes a pet emergency and how to recognize one, New Haven Pet Hospital has you covered.

Should You Call?

Perhaps the single most important thing to remember when it comes to a possible illness or injury, is to call for assistance and support. We’re here to help you and your pet 6 days a week and are prepared to offer a full range of services, such as diagnostics and surgery. Should your pet require emergency care outside of our business hours, we recommend Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital. It’s a good idea to keep both numbers handy just in case.

A Good Rule of Thumb

In order to judge a true pet emergency, you must be able to recognize normal health values. For instance, having an understanding of your pet’s average temperature, heart rate or pulse, respiratory rate, and gum color will provide insight into any health changes.

Something is Just Off…

It can be hard to zero-in on what’s affecting a pet, especially since animals tend to mask signs of illness or injury as a means of self-preservation. When you notice something amiss with your pet, we can discuss possible reasons over the phone and plan if your pet should come in immediately.

That being said, however, there are definitely moments that require immediate action. Trauma resulting from a car accident, fall, or fight with another animal should be seen and tended to without delay. A pet emergency is characterized by the following tell-tale symptoms:

  • Unconsciousness
  • No breathing or heartbeat
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • Broken bones
  • Choking
  • Seizure
  • Bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Sudden blindness
  • Bloody vomit, urine, or feces
  • Poisoning
  • Pain while urinating or defecating
  • Obvious pain
  • Extreme changes in behavior
  • Collapse or inability to get up or move
  • Disorientation
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Complications with birthing or longer than 3 hours between babies
  • Fever of 103 degrees or higher

Dealing With a Pet Emergency

It’s critically important to have your pet microchipped and outfitted with clear ID tags. Not only does this help during loss or separation, but you can be found easily if he or she gets hurt or ill away from home.

Remember, time is of the essence during a pet emergency. Although we hope your pet never endures a significant health threat, our veterinarians and staff are prepared to help when you need us.