What can you do in case of an emergency?

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We understand an emergency is a stressful situation.  Please call ahead for directions to the facility and/or instructions you may need to provide care at home prior to arrival to the clinic.  It is always a good idea to bring any medications the pet may have recently been prescribed or is currently taking.  Here are a few additional tips to help you:  

Ingestion of a toxin:

There are many items around the house which can be toxic to your pet!  This includes:  prescribed medications, cleaning supplies, plants and garbage.  If you are aware of the item ingested, please bring the packaging or plant to the emergency clinic.  It is also recommend to call the clinic prior to arrival.  You will be asked the ingredient or plant which was ingested as well as the estimated time of exposure and approximate weight of your pet.  If your pet has not vomited and the material ingested is not erosive, you may be asked to induce vomiting at home.   It is strongly recommended to transport to the nearest emergency clinic!  

Straining to urinate:

This is a life threatening condition involving immediate treatment and hospitalization.  This is most common in cats, particularly male cats!  It may also be seen in dogs and is commonly associated with bladder stones.  Straining to urinate requires emergency treatment due to the affect on the kidneys and if not treated can lead to kidney failure.  It is strongly recommended to transport to nearest emergency clinic!  

Seizures:

Most seizures will stop in 2-5 minutes!  Owners should stay calm and speak reassuringly to pet during the seizure. Please do NOT try to hold pet as they are seizing and may snap or bite unknowingly.  After a seizure, pets may have an altered mentation and should be handled minimally as well as carefully.  It is strongly recommended to transport to the nearest emergency clinic!  If your pet has been previously diagnosed with seizures, it is recommended to keep on hand a journal to write down the seizures in order to monitor frequency and duration of seizures.  

Heatstroke:

Prior to transport, try to cool the pet by thoroughly wetting the hair coat and placing in front of a fan.  If pet is alert and responsive, you can offer ice chips but do not offer food or bowls of water.  It is recommended to keep the pet in a cool environment (high a/c in car) and transport to closest emergency clinic as soon as possible!  Heatstroke is a very serious and life threatening condition.  This typically requires extensive treatment and several days in the hospital before determining the damage done by over heating.  

Hit by a vehicle:

If your pet has been hit by a car and not moving – probably undergoing shock and should be covered with a blanket for warmth.  it is recommended to place small pets in a box or carrier for transporting.  Large dogs can be transported on a flat board or by using a blanket as a hammock to avoid further injury.  Please handle with caution as pets  may snap or bite out of pain after a traumatic incident.  it is recommended to transport to nearest emergency clinic as soon as possible!