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4 Scary Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

When you own a pet, it’s up to you to protect him and keep him safe and healthy. An important part of pet ownership is recognizing signs and symptoms of an emergency and knowing what to do about them. The best way to protect your pet from emergencies is to do everything you can to prevent them. You should also know how to recognize and treat them if they occur. 

Breathing Difficulty

Labored breathing, gasping, wheezing, and choking are all signs of a serious health crisis. If you can’t immediately determine what is causing your pet’s breathing difficulties, you should take him to an emergency veterinary hospital. The most common causes of breathing problems are choking or obstructions, allergic reactions or anaphylaxis, collapsed lung, or health conditions like pneumonia. 

Urination Problems

If your pet is unable to pee, or if urinating appears to cause your pet pain, he may have a serious health issue. Urinary tract infections will get worse without treatment, and can affect the urethra, uterus, bladder, and kidneys. Blockages, trauma, and infection can even be life-threatening. Take your pet to his regular veterinarian or an emergency veterinary hospital as soon as possible. 

Trauma

Cuts, wounds, scratches, and bleeding are serious issues that require medical attention. Even a small injury can become more serious if it becomes infected. A bleeding wound can cause health complications due to blood loss. If you don’t have the tools and skills needed to clean and debride a wound and stop the bleeding, you should take your pet to an emergency veterinary hospital. 

Vomiting & Diarrhea

Repeated bouts of vomiting and/or diarrhea can cause severe dehydration in pets, and can also be a symptom of a more serious health issue. If your pet vomits or has diarrhea more than twice in a 24-hour period, you should take him to his regular veterinarian or an emergency veterinarian. He may have an intestinal blockage, poisoning, food allergies, an infection, or a serious illness.

As soon as you notice signs of a health emergency in your pet, you should take him to the closest emergency veterinary hospital for evaluation and treatment.

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