If your pet has a medical emergency, you’re the ambulance, so you need to get your pet to the animal hospital as soon as you can. It is always a good idea to call and let the emergency animal hospital know of your situation first. Do not call 9-1-1! At Danner Veterinary Hospital in Tulsa we have after hour on-call emergency service.
Make sure that you are aware of what your primary veterinarian’s policy is when it comes to emergency care, both during regular practice hours and after hours. Make sure you know our location. If your pet has a medical problem that may end up in a sudden emergency, make sure that you keep pertinent medical records easily accessible so they can be reviewed by the attending veterinarian.
Poisons like rat bait and snail bait, definitely can be fatal. If you ever see your animal eating any snail bait or rat bait, you need to take him to your vet immediately. Animals which have ingested a toxin are common pet emergencies. If your pet is poisoned prompt action is necessary, but take a few seconds to safely collect and have at hand any material involved. Your veterinarian my find this to be of great benefit to determine quickly what toxins are involved.
It is a good idea to keep the telephone number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center—(888) 426-4435—as well as that of Danner Veterinary Hospital – (918) 481-0440, in a prominent location.
Another leading cause for pet emergencies are dogs and cats swallowing foreign objects. These can cause obstructions that can effect breathing, eating and bowel movements and can also be fatal. Chewed up toys and socks, or swallowed rocks, coins and bones are quite common.
Maybe the most common emergency is a pet that has been hit by a car. These can be prevented in most cases. Always keep your home and yard safe for your animals and don’t allow them to wander the streets.
What Are Some Other Ways I Can Avoid a Pet Emergency?
Follow your veterinarian’s instruction regarding all relevant pet care. Keep your pets under control at all times to avoid traumatic injuries. Keep your pets on a leash when not in your fenced yard. Never leave your pet alone in an unattended car. Pet proof your home by removing all potential hazards from your pet’s reach. If your pet is coping with a chronic illness, carefully follow your primary veterinarian’s recommendations regarding medication administration and check-ups.