The emergency room is busy and exciting location in any veterinary hospital. The veterinary emergency team is ready for you and your pet’s emergency at all times no matter how big or small. Here’s some advice to help you and your pet to stay safe and prepared in the event of some common emergencies. If you think your pet is in need of help, please call your primary vet or the Premier emergency service.
Be sure and keep all household items such as medications, human food, candy, and gum out or your pets reach. Many pet medications are flavored and very appealing to dogs and some cats. Decrease the risk of toxicity or overdose by keeping all these items out of reach. If your pet does ingest a toxic or potentially toxic medication, don’t panic. Most toxicities can be successfully treated with prompt response, call your primary vet or Premier Veterinary Group right away if you have concerns. ASPCA Poison Control Center has excellent resources and veterinary toxicologists on call 24 hours a day. A small fee allows our team to consult with the toxicologist and obtain the most up to date information on an always changing field. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control Pets exposed to a toxin are often given medications to make them vomit, given activate charcoal and may require hospitalized monitoring.
Let’s face it. Accidents happen. Whether to people or pets it’s scary. Motor vehicle injuries, falls, bites from other animals bring and countless more injuries are seen on a daily basis in the ER. Our team utilizes x-rays, ultrasound, bloodwork even CT to determine the extent of a pet’s injuries. Pets the have experienced a trauma receive most of the same medications and treatments we humans receive in the ER and ICU. But please don’t give a pet human medications without direction from a veterinarian, the medication may be harmful is used incorrectly. If your pet experiences a trauma, bring him or her directly to a veterinarian for assessment. No injury is too small to take a look. Remember to be safe, use old blankets to carry larger dogs and have your cat carrier always ready to do. Pillowcases make a great cat carrier in an emergency too! The friendliest pet can lash out or bite when injured to always be cautious and call us with questions.
Many veterinary patients entering our doors require emergency surgery. Our emergency doctors suture lacerations upward of 7-8 times in a 12 hour day. Other bite wounds can not be closed with sutures safely and require special wound care and banding for several weeks. Boarded surgery specialists are on call abdominal surgeries such as GDV or bloat (the stomach filling with gas and twisting), bleeding masses, intestinal obstructions, and c-sections to name a few.
They may look kind of adorable with swollen faces but allergic reactions should be treated on emergency. Pets can react to insect stings, medications, vaccines, and new foods and may develop swelling, itchiness or hives. We will likely administer steroids and antihistamine to your pet upon arrival.
Seizures in dogs and cats can appear very dramatic (rigid bodies, foaming at the mouth, loss of bladder or bowel control) or be as subtle as a facial twitch or biting at an imaginary fly. Dogs and cats presented to the ER seizing are given meds to stop the seizure and medications to prevent further seizures. Bloodwork may reveal metabolic changes that result in a seizure or MRI may be used to identify structural changes in the brain such as tumors. Do not put your hand in your pets mouth to prevent him or her from biting the tongue. The injuries to your hand will be 100 times more severe than a small bit to the tongue.