If you don’t give your vet four paws up on the trust scale, are you sure you can count on him or her when your furry child has an emergency? It’s a question that worries pet parents enough to keep them awake at night; one you won’t wrestle with at 2 a.m. if you’ve found the medical practitioner of your dreams.
Bedside manner? Two woofs. Proper diagnoses? The cat’s meow. In an emergency, you need a cool head because pet parents have a universal propensity for hysteria when the wellbeing of our best friends is threatened. Whether you live in close proximity to an emergency vet Williamsport PA, or you’re on the other coast, you have a decision to make.
When is it appropriate to awaken your vet from a sound sleep? We’ve come up with 6 official “get the vet” circumstances that warrant your emergency call and her immediate attention. And just because it’s not on the following list, don’t ignore one or more symptoms if your gut tells you a wakeup call is just what the vet ordered.
1. The Puke Train has pulled into your station
You find more than food encased in a fur ball or the beautifully decorated hallway carpet with its new “pattern” of bas relief art. Alone, this could be the result of overeating or spider webs growing on a grooming brush. In concert with other symptoms, it’s time to make that phone call.
2. Your furry kid stops and drops
They’re closer to the ground than you are but that doesn’t make a dog’s or cat’s collapse any less daunting. A thorough body check can identify an injured paw, or leg. More difficult to spot are internal traumas that cause your pet to stop and drop. Whether night or day, you won’t be relieved until you contact your vet.
3. You have reason to suspect GI issues
As a pet dad, you are acutely aware of your dog’s output since you’re the poop bag carrier. If you scoop litter, you may be even more intimate with your cat’s GI system. Any deviation can be a sign of trouble. Address it immediately, and you may not have to make that midnight call.
4. Your pet goes a little crazy
A wide variety of symptoms indicate a nerve or brain disorder; balance issues, weakness and bizarre behavior. If your dog or cat are diagnosed with epilepsy, you can learn to live with the symptoms over time if Rover is otherwise healthy. Strange behaviors in old dogs may mean geriatric vestibular disease, the canine version of a stroke. When in doubt, dial.
5. Stings, bites and other sinister critters
A bite is a bite is a bite. If your pet sustains an assault of the tiny kind, he could experience the same symptoms as you do: hives, swelling and perhaps allergic reactions that are as dramatic as airway swelling. If his behavior is extreme; if he won’t stop scratching and/or he is having breathing problems, it’s time to call the doc.
6. Anything involving blood
You needn’t have a wild imagination to imagine the worst if you notice blood coming from one or more of your pet’s orifices. The worst-case scenario is that an internal injury is the blood source, so rule out the obvious by undertaking a thorough examination of your pet’s body. Employ the 5-minute rule. If the blood doesn’t stop in that amount of time, seek medical attention.