What’s an Emergency for a Pet Owner?
Part of owning a pet is dealing with emergencies, worries and health issues. It’s part of your responsibility as their owner, and the flipside of the fun times you have and the love they show you. Today we’re taking a look at some of the emergencies that can come up, as well as what you can do about it.
Reacting To Emergencies
Whatever the emergency, it’s likely going to end up with you at the vet. Registering at your local vets when you first get your pet means you know exactly where to take your pet and how to get there. Depending on your pet, it may also be necessary for you to get the legally necessary microchips and vaccinations that allows your pet to leave your property!
One of the most distressing things that can happen to your pet is an injury. Whether it happens right in front of your eyes, is the result of a confrontation with another animal or your pet simply limps back into the house one afternoon having suffered some kind of accident, it’s a very worrying sight to see.
Beware of trying to treat pet injuries at home: pets are often vulnerable and defensive especially in the wake of a fight or accident, and you might do more harm than good in trying to help.
You can try to clean and dress any open wounds, or apply pressure to try and stem bleeding, but the most important thing you can do is get your pet to a vet as a matter of urgency. Let the professionals give your pet the best care, and set your mind at rest.
The list of common household ingredients that can be poisonous to pets is worryingly long. From raisins to apple cores, to the most widely known pet toxin, chocolate, the relatively small size of our pets means they can be overwhelmed by even small doses of substances that are toxic.
If you’re worried your pet has ingested something toxic and they’re showing worrying symptoms, then you should get them to an emergency vet right away. If you’re not sure whether to worry – perhaps they’ve eaten only a tiny amount or aren’t showing any symptoms of distress – then it’s a good idea to phone the vet or consult an online vet’s office. They can give you guidance quickly, and let you know whether a trip to the vet in person is necessary.
Don’t try to make your pet vomit – again, this can cause more harm than help! Just help them stay hydrated until you’re able to get them the specialist help they need.