As much as we try to prevent them, problems still come up. As a pet owner the smart thing to do is to have an emergency plan in place in the event something does happen, that way you don’t have to make crucial decisions under stress. Identify the 24-hour emergency clinics in your area and keep their phone numbers handy, tacked to the refrigerator or stored in your cell phone.
What constitutes an emergency?
Some emergencies are obvious such as severe trauma caused by an accident or a fall, or a reaction to an insect bite or snake bite. Other emergencies may more difficult to identify such as heatstroke, household poisoning or the worsening of a previously undiagnosed medical condition.
Signs your dog may need emergency care
Changes in behavior, lethargy, inability to urinate, excessive vomiting or diarrhea, rapid breathing, pale gums, weak or rapid pulse, a distended or bloated abdomen, change in body temperature, difficulty standing, apparent paralysis, loss of consciousness, seizures, excessive bleeding.
Observe your dog’s behavior
Unfortunately dogs can’t talk to us and tell us how they are feeling so it is up to us to watch for the warning signs. A dog that is sick or painful will not necessarily vocalize. More often they become quiet and withdrawn.
If you suspect your dog has a problem the Scottsdale veterinarians at Horizon Animal Hospital are now available seven days a week to handle most of your emergency needs.
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