The Three Most Common Types of Animal Emergencies

Jul 19, 2018 | Emergency Situations, Uncategorized

When your pet is suffering, it’s time for an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Because pets cannot speak, it may take longer to diagnose what is wrong, so don’t delay and get your pet the medical attention it needs.

In order to help you provide the veterinarian with the most complete information possible, here are three of the most common pet emergencies.

1. Ingestion Issues

Some foods that are perfectly all right for humans are toxic to their pets. You’ve probably heard that chocolate is bad for dogs, but it can kill cats too—it’s the theobromine in it that makes it dangerous.  Other common foods that also threaten your dog’s life are foods with the artificial sweetener xylitol, raisins, grapes and nuts. Cats should never eat raw tomatoes, raw potatoes or other root vegetables like onions—these are deadly to felines. Both dogs and cats can accidentally ingest toxic chemicals such as insecticides, rat poison, household cleaners, prescription medicine and fertilizers.

2. Trauma

Whether your dog got hit by a car or your cat got attacked by a dog, trauma is a top reason for pets to make an emergency room visit. Blunt force trauma, such as a run-in with a car, may not seem dangerous if there is no blood, but internal injuries could be severe. Bites, cuts, scrapes and more can damage skin and underlying tissues like fat and muscle, introducing infection quickly without medical attention.

3. Respiratory Distress

Coughing, choking, labored breathing and swelling of the throat all point to respiratory distress in your pet. It could mean viral or bacterial lung infections, allergic reaction to insect bites, sensitivity to medicine or vaccines, heart failure or even cancer. Take your pet to a vet immediately if you notice any difficulty breathing so the vet can evaluate immediately.

To find out if your pet should be seen by an emergency vet, take advantage of the vet’s 24 hour access emergency care and make inquiries. The veterinarian or technician on duty will be able to tell you whether you should wait and observe your pet longer or bring your pet in right away. It’s never wrong to call for advice, and if your pet’s condition ends up being serious, you’ll be glad you did.

For more information, contact our team at VETSS!

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Congratulations to our employees of the Month, Kelly Jordan and Rachel Bradley.

Kelly has been with VETSS team since 2013. She graduated from BRCC in 2018, obtaining her license as a veterinary technician. In her spare time, she volunteers with local rescues, runs a hobby farm, and enjoys gardening, camping, and kayaking. Kelly has a special place in her heart for special needs animals and has found her niche in emergency medicine, exotics, and behavior.

Rachel has worked in veterinary clinics for over ten years. In 2016 she graduated from BRCC and became a licensed veterinary technician. Rachel has loved animals all her life. She strongly believes in compassionate care and in her calling to help animals. Her professional interests include dermatology, behavior, and emergency medicine.

Rachel lives in Staunton with her partner Taryn, two dogs, and three cats. She plans to get a few guinea fowl in the near future.
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Congratulations to our employees of the Month, Kelly Jordan and Rachel Bradley.

Kelly has been with VETSS team since 2013. She graduated from BRCC in 2018, obtaining her license as a veterinary technician. In her spare time, she volunteers with local rescues, runs a hobby farm, and enjoys gardening, camping, and kayaking.  Kelly has a special place in her heart for special needs animals and has found her niche in emergency medicine, exotics, and behavior.

Rachel has worked in veterinary clinics for over ten years. In 2016 she graduated from BRCC and became a licensed veterinary technician. Rachel has loved animals all her life. She strongly believes in compassionate care and in her calling to help animals. Her professional interests include dermatology, behavior, and emergency medicine.

Rachel lives in Staunton with her partner Taryn, two dogs, and three cats. She plans to get a few guinea fowl in the near future.Image attachment

 

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Thank you Chad Kildea for making this beautiful sign. If this candle is lit, someone is saying goodbye to their dearly beloved pet. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Chad Kildea for making this beautiful sign. If this candle is lit, someone is saying goodbye to their dearly beloved pet. ❤️

 

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Every vet should have this sign!

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Forest Lakes Veterinary Hospital also has this sign and candle. 💕💔💕

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Update on the paving! Paving was postponed due to the icy weather we had on the 16th. Paving will be completed TOMORROW. We will still be open, just please park on the little side road in front of the clinic. Thank you!Hello lovely clients and furry friends! We wanted to let you know that on November 15th and November 16th our parking lot is getting repaved. We will still be open of course during this time, but our parking lot will not be accessible. You can park on the side road that is directly in front of our building. You will see our staff cars parked here as well.
Don’t worry- on the 17th our parking lot will be back and accessible as normal, just a lot nicer!! Yay!

Here is a diagram letting you know what will be paved and roped off.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.
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Update on the paving! Paving was postponed due to the icy weather we had on the 16th. Paving will be completed TOMORROW. We will  still be open, just please park on the little side road in front of the clinic. Thank you!
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