Pet Emergencies

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Pet emergency tip when you pet has:

  • Cool the area by applying cold running water, or apply a cool compress
  • Flush with cold water for a minimum of five minutes, or place a cool-pack on the area
  • Transport your pet to the vet
  • DO NOT place your fingers into your pet’s mouth.
  • DO NOT give any food or water to your pet while they are having a seizure
  • Clear the area around your pet, make the room as quiet and dark as possible
  • Wait until the convulsions have stopped before touching or moving your pet.
  • Transport your pet to the vet once the seizures have stopped
  • DO NOT attempt to remove the object
  • If it is a penetrating wound to the chest, restrict your pet’s movement, and try to cover the chest with a plastic wrap (such as glad wrap), without putting pressure on the object.
  • Try to control the bleeding, but without applying pressure to the object
  • Keep your pet warm
  • Transport your pet to a vet immediately
  • Apply pressure to the wound with your hands, or a piece of cloth for at least 3 minutes to control the bleeding
  • If the wound is a puncture wound from a fight, it is important to see a vet promptly, as your pet will require antibiotics starting within the first 6-12 hours
  • Try to place a dressing on the wound to stem any further bleeding before transportation, or if you are unable to get to a vet immediately
  • Transport your pet to a vet IMMEDIATELY
  • Try to see if there is an object causing the obstruction, if this is the case, try to gently remove it without getting bitten

Warming your pet:

  • Warm your pet slowly.
  • Wrap your pet up in a jumper or thick blanket, and pad with a layer of bubble wrap to avoid heat loss.
  • Place a heat pack next to your pet. Make sure that it is not too hot, and check your pet’s temperature regularly to avoid over-heating
  • If your pet is wet, dry them quickly, as wet pets lose heat rapidly.

Cool your pet slowly:

  • Wet your pet with cold water by wetting a towel and drizzling water over your pet, concentrating on the head, stomach, neck, inner thighs, and paw pads.
  • For larger-sized pets, consistently applying water by hose may be an easier option.
  • DO NOT apply ice packs to your pet

Pet Emergency symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing, pale gums, blue or purple tongue, or raspy breath sounds
  • Swollen or bloated abdomen, with or without vomiting
  • Straining or unable to urinate or defecate.
  • Ingestion of toxin, including but not limited to: chocolate, rodenticides (mouse and rat bait), garden pest control products (snail baits), prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs, and household cleaners. PLEASE BRING THE CONTAINER WITH YOU!
  • Trauma such as being hit by a car, a fall from a height or blunt force, even if the animal is NOT showing any signs of pain.
  • Collapsing, or an inability to stand or walk
  • Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions or seizure activity
  • Penetrating wound, such as bite wounds (dog or cat), gunshot or stab wounds.
  • Bleeding
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea with blood
  • Heatstroke: heavy panting, weakness on a warm day

Toxic foods and products:

If your pet ingests any of the following products, or you suspect they may have had access to them, please treat it as an emergency situation. We would prefer you to be over-cautious when it comes to these foods.
  • Alcohol
  • Apples/Apricots/ Cherries/Peaches/Pears/Plums
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions and foods containing onion powder
  • Cooked bones
  • Salt and salty foods
  • Food preparation items, such as aluminum foil, wrappers, paper plates.
  • Liver in large quantities
  • Mouldy or spoilt foods
  • Nuts, especially macadamias
  • Garlic
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Corn cobs
  • Raw eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Avocado
  • Rich fatty foods
  • Tobacco products