What Are the Common Veterinary Emergencies for Pets?

Common veterinary emergencies require help from a team of specializes and trained vets.

Pet owners know how dreadful veterinary emergencies can be. We wanted to compile a few situations you should keep an eye out for so you’re better prepared and know when to bring your pet to an animal emergency hospital that provides 24/7 care.

Seek professional help for your pet to get their vitals stabilized and ensure they can go back to their happy self. Here are some of the most common veterinary emergencies we offer help with at Case Animal Hospital.

Animal Poisoning

One of the alarming situations pet parents can face is poisoning. Regrettably, there are many reasons why your pet might suffer from poisoning, and some are household items that can prove harmful or fatal to our beloved pets. If you suspect your pet’s life is at risk due to poisoning, you should get in touch with the official ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or bring them to a conveniently located Case Animal Hospital in Anaheim for help during this veterinary emergency.

Here are a few things you should be careful with:

  • Poisonous plants:
    • Oleander,
    • Spanish thyme,
    • Sago palm.
  • Avocados,
  • Chocolate,
  • Coffee,
  • Bleach,
  • Rat poison,
  • Fabric softener,
  • Ibuprofen,
  • Aspirin,
  • Naproxen.

At home, you really need to be careful and keep any harmful substances away from your pet’s reach. Your pet’s curiosity can lead them to try some plants, household cleaning products, and foods that are extremely harmful.

Likewise, you should be careful not to leave any medication within reach of your pet, as they can lead to life-threatening veterinary emergencies.

Helping With Open Wounds

As with many emergencies, you should prioritize bringing your pet to the veterinarian first. Still, you can perform some primary care for minor injuries to stabilize your pet before bringing them here.

Minor scrapes and shallow cuts will cause your pet to lick the area constantly. Please perform a thorough examination of the area and clean it with plenty of water before applying antiseptic solutions when required. Remember to start by controlling any bleeding and then take your pet to the most conveniently located animal hospital in Anaheim for proper care.

Please remember to bring your pet for open wound care as quickly as possible:

  • When your dog sustains a laceration in their chest or abdomen.
  • When the area surrounding the wound becomes swollen.
  • If the injury fully penetrates your pet’s skin.

Seizures in Pets

Seizures can be quite distressing, and they are the main symptom of many veterinary neurological problems. The duration and severity of seizure episodes will vary greatly depending on several circumstances, but you can make sure to hold your pet’s head to avoid any additional damage.

Before a seizure episode begins, you may notice your pet starts pacing or is disoriented. Then, once the episode stops, focus on their recovery. Make sure to bring your pet to a skilled pet neurologist in Anaheim, such as the specialists in Case Animal Hospital.

At home, you can help your pet by:

  • Lowering their body temperature with cool, damp towels;
  • Avoid frightening your pet further.

Once you bring your pet to an animal hospital, our team will help with any required sedatives and IV fluids to help with hydration and refer your pet to the neurology team for specialized help.

Other Veterinary Emergencies

Your pet may suffer from a few other emergencies, including the following:

  • Not Going to the toilet. Try to keep track of how long it’s been taking in between your pet’s bowel movements. This may be indicative of an ongoing infection that requires medical attention.
  • Excessive urination. This is yet another sign that your pet may have a problem that requires help from a qualified emergency veterinarian.
  • Eye injuries. Eye injuries are, unfortunately, common and can result in severe problems. If you notice your pet is squinting or blinking too much, please bring them to our animal emergency hospital.

The Benefits of 24/7 Emergency Vet Services

24/7 emergency vet hospitals offer immediate access to timely veterinary care. Here, you will find on-site laboratories for quick test results that inform the specialists’ decisions regarding proper care. Likewise, your pet can get x-ray imaging and ultrasound scans that help determine if there is anything else under the surface that we need to take care of.

Accurate diagnoses and timely veterinary care are only possible when the facilities where you bring your pet are well-equipped and available at a  moment’s notice.

Similarly, 24/7 animal hospitals can deliver continuous care for your pet and around-the-clock monitoring when your pet has undergone a complex emergency that requires overnight care. We cannot overstate how important it is to have continuity of care for your pet.

This will help you have peace of mind as your pet continues to receive proper veterinary care.

Get Help From a Qualified Team at Anaheim CASE Animal Hospital

Here in Anaheim, the team of veterinarians at Case Animal Hospital is ready to help your pet during a life-threatening emergency. Please become familiarized with these situations so you know what to expect, how important it is to panic, and what to do to save your pet’s life.

You can contact us.