Quick Guide to Pet Emergencies

How can you tell if your pet needs emergency veterinary care?
He may need emergency veterinary care if you are in one of the following scenarios:

The life of a pet owner is riddled with important decisions. When pet health issues arise, many pet owners sometimes have trouble deciding whether or not to take their beloved animals to the vet for emergency care. Fortunately, our veterinarians provide emergency care for all of our patients that are exhibiting life-threatening physical symptoms. Emergency care is usually necessary if the following situations arise: car accidents and auto injuries, dog fights or cat fights, allergic reactions to toxic chemicals or food, post-surgical complications, or breathing difficulties.

How can you tell if your pet needs emergency veterinary care? He may need emergency veterinary care if he exhibits any of these symptoms:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Loss of color in the gums
  • Changes in pulse rate — either a weakening of the pulse or a rapid pulse
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Trouble standing
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of consciousness

Be aware of any sudden changes in your pet’s behavior in addition to red flag signaling an emergency.

If your pet is bleeding profusely from an external injury, you can try to staunch the flow of blood by elevating the wound and applying pressure. This can help keep your pet alive until you can get to an emergency animal hospital in Brewster or nearby.

If your pet is choking, you may be able to remove the blockage from your pet’s throat with your fingers. Put your fingers in his mouth to see if you can remove the obstruction. If not, you can perform the Heimlich maneuver on your pet by rapping him sharply on the chest. You should nevertheless seek emergency care right away.

Getting Your Pet to the Emergency Veterinarian

Pets that are frightened and in pain after sustaining an injury can become aggressive. Approach your pet slowly and reassure him by gently speaking his name. Move your pet carefully if there’s a chance he’s suffered a spinal injury, taking care to support his back and neck.

Call our emergency number before coming in so we can be ready for you, or direct you to the nearest emergency animal hospital in Brewster in the event that our emergency veterinarian is not available.