Your pet is sick, injured or acting strange. What should you do?
You know your pet better than anyone, and you probably notice immediately when they need help. But when should you head immediately to an emergency animal hospital?
Seek emergency care for:
- Snake, insect or other poisonous animal bite/sting. In Arizona it’s not just rattlesnakes to worry about! Pets can be seriously injured by: bark scorpions, killer bee swarms, centipedes, sonoran toads, gila monsters, and more. Look for signs of an allergic reaction or poisoning such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Puffiness around the eyes
- Facial swelling
If possible remember what the snake, animal or insect looked like so you can tell the veterinarian.
- Ingestion of poison or toxic substances – like antifreeze, rodent poison or human medicines.
- Bite wounds, bleeding, cuts and lacerations. If you can’t get to a vet immediately, flush wounds with saline solution or clean water. Wrap large wounds with bandages or towels. Appy firm pressure to stop bleeding.
- Troubled breathing, or rapid/shallow breathing – especially if your pet appears weak, or the gums are white, bluish or grey.
- Arching back, restless, bloated or distended stomach.
- Heat stroke/dehydration. Signs include:
- Relentless panting
- Weakness/inability to stand
- Uncoordinated movements
Hose down an over-heated animal and/or cover with wet towels until you can get to an animal hospital.
- Lameness, limping or suspected broken bones.
- Seizures – signs include inability to stand, loss of bladder or bowel control, uncontrollable shaking or tremors, strange facial movements, or paddling with his paws while tying down, as if he’s trying to swim.
Other common ailments – like vomiting, diarrhea, or trouble urinating may require a trip to the emergency hospital if severe, prolonged or bloody. If you’re worried and can’t get in to see your veterinarian, a trip to an emergency hospital may provide peace of mind.
Here’s a list of just some of the things that could make your pet sick.
|Alcohol||Aloe vera||Any human drug|
|Bones||Castor Bean||Breath mints/strips/wash|
|Cherry seeds||Century Plane||Bug spray|
|Garlic||Crocus, daffodil and tulips||Cigarettes, e-products, nicotine|
|Macadamia nuts||Elephant ears||Dishwashing liquid|
|Milk||English Ivy||Mouse/rodent poison|
|Onions and shallots||Geranium||Marijuana|
|Rhubarb||Holly leaves/Berries||Soap/Facial wash|
|Spinach||Lilies||Toilet bowl tablets|
|Tomatoes||Mexican Bird of Paradise|
|Potatoes (raw)||Oak leaves and acorns|
Call ASPCA poison control at 888.426.4435 if you suspect your pet has gotten into something poisonous or toxic.
First Aid Supplies to keep at home:
- Antibiotic ointment
- Gauze squares or rolled gauze
- Extra leash/slip lead
- Rubber/latex gloves
- Self-adherent medical wrap
- Sterile saline or contact solution