7 of the most common medical emergencies for your pet, and what to do about them

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Your pet is a living, breathing member of your family. Your dedication makes it heart-breaking to see your buddy suffer. This is especially true when you’re really worried that the condition may be life-threatening. Here’s a list of seven of the most common pet emergencies that require professional veterinarian care:

  • Pain: There are several reasons why your pet may be in pain. Oftentimes, pain is a sign that something serious may be wrong. Some of the most common ways of detecting that your furry family member is in pain include:
  • Sudden behavior changes, especially aggression
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Panting
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Pacing
  • Breathing Difficulties: This could be a sign that your pet’s airway or lungs have been compromised. Difficulty breathing can progress to inability to breath, without notice, so don’t wait to bring them in to A Caring Vet Hospital. Some of the reasons for breathing problems in pets may be:
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Infections
  • Toxins
  • Heart failure
  • Allergies
  • Trauma
  • Seizures: What are seizures? Simply put, they’re episodes of uncontrolled nerve function caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Pet seizures can be triggered by brain swelling, brain tumors and/or epilepsy. Other issues may also exist, such as disturbances in electrolytes or low blood sugar levels.
  • Problems Urinating: Urinary tract infections are common causes of urinating problems in pets. However, if your pet has to strain to urinate, or is unable to urinate, he/she is having a life-threatening emergency that needs immediate treatment. This could be a sign of stress, cancer, blood clots or inflammation.
  • Diarrhea & Vomiting: These are very common pet emergencies. They could be caused by a wide variety of problems such as something obstructing the throat, cancer, metabolic disease, etc… Both can lead to dehydration if not treated within hours. Do what you need to do to keep your pet drinking water to avoid dehydration.
  • Choking and Coughing: Choking is very serious, as it stops your pet from breathing normally. It can lead to life-threatening consequences such as fluid-buildup in the lungs, or lack of oxygen. Anything that affects your pet’s respiratory system should be looked into asap. Choking and coughing can be symptoms of serious issues such as:
  • Heart failure
  • Allergies
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Wounds from Dog Bites: If your pet is bitten by a dog, there could be some serious damage to underlying tissues. Layers of muscle, fat or skin may have been torn apart, creating pockets filled with infection. Even if the wound seems to be minor, have your pet checked out by A Caring Vet Hospital asap to be sure.

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