Emergency Dog Care (Video)

Emergency dog care – when is it necessary?

It’s possible that during your dog’s life you may have the need for emergency dog care. This is a situation most dog owners hope they never have to face, but it pays to be prepared in case it happens.

A lot of new dog parents wonder how they will know when to access emergency dog care. Are vets available at night? Where is the nearest veterinary emergency center? Knowing the answers to these questions before an emergency happens may be the difference between life and death. So find the addresses and phone numbers now and put them near your phone.

Most dog emergencies will be fairly obvious. If your dog has suffered an accident and is bleeding a lot, that would be a reason to find a veterinarian and quickly! Other conditions which may need emergency dog care are breathing difficulties. Breathing difficulties could be due to several things. For example if it is very warm it is natural for a dog to pant to cool himself. However if your dog seems distressed and is having difficulty breathing, this could be signs of poisoning or other illness (see video below).

Abdominal pain could also need emergency dog care. If his back is arched and he is vomiting or shaking, then it may be a condition called “gastric torsion” which needs prompt veterinary attention.

Dog seizures will probably scare you enough to seek emergency dog care whatever the reason! Seizures can be due to epilepsy so your dog will need to see a vet in any case to determine the cause.

If you’re not sure whether emergency dog care is needed or not, it’s safer to call. If it’s a false alarm, so much the better and the vet is not going to be upset just because you showed you cared. When you’re an experienced dog owner, then you’ll be better able to tell if a situation is urgent or not. Something else worth mentioning, if your dog is involved in an accident, always seek emergency dog care even if he seems fine, as he may have internal injuries.

Learn how to tell if your dog has eaten rat poison and get tips on what to do in this free emergency pet health care video. Expert: Dr Adrienne Mulligan Bio: Dr. Adrienne Mulligan started her lifelong dream to be a veterinarian at Oakridge High School in Oakridge, Tennessee. Filmmaker: Chuck Tyler
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