Dealing with an emergency health problem in your pet can be scary. It’s often difficult to determine what exactly is wrong with your pet. At Dove Mountain Veterinary in Marana, AZ, we can help. We are a full-service animal hospital with the resources and skills to treat any internal and external pet emergencies. Our veterinary team will determine if your pet needs emergency care.
What Is Considered a Pet Emergency?
Anything that concerns you about your pet’s health could be an emergency. If your pet starts exhibiting strange symptoms or has severe changes in behavior, it’s best to get a diagnosis. Call our veterinarian so we can advise you on what to do next.
Generally, bring your pet to our vet right away in any of these scenarios:
- Uncontrolled bleeding, or bleeding through the nose, mouth, or anus
- Choking, coughing, drooling, gagging, or a whistling noise
- Strained breathing or conspicuous belly movements with every breath
- Shallow, quick breaths
- Trauma and open wounds after an accident
- Frequent consecutive vomiting, or blood in vomit
- Diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours
- Eye injuries, red eyes, squinting, or discharge
- A seizure episode
- Losing coordination or appearing wobbly
- Extreme pain, a constant whimper, crying out, or hissing
- Prolonged labor, which is more than 24 hours
- Animal bites
- Ingesting poison
How to Help Your Pet in an Emergency
If your pet is exhibiting strange symptoms, call our facility immediately. You may be able to do some first aid directed by our veterinarian over the phone. Then, transport your pet to our animal hospital. Always approach a sick animal with caution, because animals can bite when in pain. For an injured dog, place a muzzle on first before moving it, unless it has breathing problems. Use any flat object as a stretcher to carry your dog to the car. Don’t twist any part of its body and don’t put pressure on anything.
For an injured cat, have an open carrier or cardboard box ready. Then get a blanket and approach your cat from behind. As it lies calm and steady, cover it in the blanket, scoop it with your hands and arms, then lift your cat into the carrier in one movement. Close the carrier door immediately. If using a cardboard box, make sure it has breathing holes.
Anything troublesome about your cat or dog could be an emergency. When you arrive at our clinic, we will assess your pet immediately. We will be even better prepared for you if we know you are coming, so call us in advance if possible.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Marana, AZ for Pet Emergency Care
Health emergencies are scary for pets and their owners. Being prepared is the best way to handle them. When you notice any strange symptoms in your pet, call us immediately. At Dove Mountain Veterinary in Marana, AZ, our veterinary team is trained to handle emergencies and will nurse your pet back to health. Call us today with any questions you have or to learn more.