Pet Emergencies

How to React to Pet Emergencies

No one expects their pet to have an emergency, but they do happen. And when they do, it's important to know what to do. We'll go over some of the most common pet emergencies and what you can do to help your furry friend. It can also have a local animal hospital's number so that you can call them for advice and have them prepare as you take your precious animal for medical attention.

If you live in Cincinnati, OH, visit us as soon as possible when you experience an emergency. We at Westside Animal Hospital understand that pet emergencies can happen at any time and when least expected, and that's why we provide care round the clock to ensure your needs are catered to.

Pet Emergencies

What are the Most Common Pet Emergencies?

Poison ingestion: If your pet accidentally ingests a toxic substance, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. How fast you act can mean the difference between saving and losing your pet's life.

Choking: If your pet is choking, either because they've eaten something that is lodged in their throat or windpipe, you need to act quickly. If you know CPR, you can try it on your pet. Even if the animal can breathe again, it would help to seek emergency care to ensure no damage has occurred.

Severe bleeding from injuries: If your pet has suffered an injury, it's important to get them treated by a veterinarian right away. Even if the wound doesn't look bad on the outside, it could be worse on the inside. It would help to have some clean towels as well as bandages and saline solution on hand just in case. Using the clean towels, you can apply pressure on the injury to prevent further bleeding before taking them to the vet.

Other pet emergencies may include bites from other animals, severe vomiting and diarrhea, pain and anxiety, unconsciousness, straining to urinate, bloating.

What to Do in a Pet Emergency

It sounds counterintuitive but try not to panic. Pets tend to mirror how their owners act, which means that if you panic, they will too. Keep your voice calm and quiet as you take them to seek emergency care.

Visit Westside Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, for Pet Emergency Care

As we mentioned earlier, how fast you act during a pet emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing your pet's life. At Westside Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, we're here to help you handle various pet emergencies and preserve your pet's health and life. Call (513) 574-5000 to speak with a veterinarian from our practice.