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All owners dread pet emergencies. There are two types, according to our veterinarian in Bakersfield. The first type includes emergencies linked to natural or other disasters, while situations involving trauma or illness make up the second category and are far more common. Knowing what to do in any pet emergency helps prevent panic and leads to a better outcome for your animal.
The best thing you can do for your cat or dog when disaster, sudden illness, or trauma occurs is be prepared. Our Bakersfield veterinarian says this begins with an emergency checklist.
Your checklist should include our veterinarian’s contact information, 661-589-9900, and a backup plan contact should we be unavailable when the emergency strikes. Store the contact list in a container with a recent photo of your pet, vaccination documentation, and medical history. Also stock extra food, water, and medications.
Dogs and cats are curious creatures that sometimes manage to get into emergency situations despite your best efforts to keep them safe. The most frequent pet emergencies our staff treats include:
Falls and vehicle accidents are typical causes of a fracture. Your pet could need a split, a cast, or surgery to repair the bone.
Unwillingness to eat, drooling, and dry heaves are signs or bloating; even six hours of bloating can be fatal. Our veterinarian in Bakersfield says these symptoms signal the need for fast evaluation and treatment.
Cats love string, tinsel, and ribbons. Dogs will go after almost anything. A foreign object in the gut can lead to death due to lack of blood flow, so a pet that swallows a foreign object needs immediate veterinary evaluation. Surgery could be required to remove a dead portion of the intestine.
Dogs and cats unfortunately love the taste of ethylene glycol in antifreeze. A few tablespoons can be deadly. Quick treatment by a veterinarian can halt the toxins from being absorbed into a pet’s bloodstream.
Insecticides and Chemicals
Vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss or appetite or weight, respiratory difficulty, tremors, and seizures are signs of insecticide or chemical toxicity. Pets can become poisoned if they eat snail bait, which resembles food pellets, or a contaminated snail or rodent. Our Bakersfield animal hospital staff recommends that you immediately bring in any pet you suspect has been exposed and a sample of the product if possible.
Multiple lacerations, profuse bleeding, infection, or cuts near an eye or vital organs require emergency veterinary care.
Single lacerations from fighting or rough play might require professional care if you spot signs of an infection or if there is a lot of bleeding. Our veterinarian in Bakersfield can also determine whether limping is due to a sprain, muscle strain or more serious condition, such as a torn ligament, fracture, or arthritis.
Emergency treatment can save a pet’s life. Our Bakersfield animal hospital team is eager to help when your pet is in trouble – don’t hesitate to call us at 661-589-9900.
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