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What Constitutes an Emergency?

SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Fairfax, Virginia, offers a free booklet on Pet Emergency Care. The booklet is designed to help you recognize and handle emergency situations that arise with your dog or cat until you can get them to a veterinary clinic for an exam and further treatment. It advises pet owners about signs and symptoms to look for and actions to take. Topics covered in the booklet include:

Vomiting – possible causes, including foreign objects or new foods, and how to treat the problem at home unless it persists.

Vital Signs – How to take a heart or pulse rate, test breathing rates, and know if your pet’s temperature is normal. Artificial

Respiration – When and how to perform CPR on your pet until you reach a veterinary hospital.

Burns – First aid for chemical, electrical, or thermal (heat) burns, and how to administer it.

Cardiac Emergencies – Signs to look for and how to handle your pet on the way to the vet.

Cold Emergencies – How to warm your pet safely and recognize frostbite.

Diarrhea – How to tell whether episodes are stress- or dietinduced or something more serious.

Ear Emergencies – possible causes of scratching and other signs of irritation and how to examine your pet’s ears.

Eye Emergencies – why immediate diagnosis and treatment is critical and how to flush the eye before seeking professional care.

Fractures – Signs of fractures and how to check limbs for open wounds or bleeding.

Heat Emergencies & Dehydration – How to recognize symptoms and cool off your pet, and when to seek medical care.

Insect Bites & Tick Removal – How to thoroughly check your pet, recognize signs of allergic reactions to insect venom, and remove ticks.

Lacerations – How to approach injured animals and temporarily treat lacerations before seeking immediate veterinary care.

Neurologic Emergencies – Signs to look for and instructions on carrying your pet to the car as you seek immediate care.

Poisonings Advice on calling your vet or veterinary Poison Control and the information you will need when you make the call.

Respiratory Emergencies Life-threatening signs to look for and immediate steps to take.

Seizures – How to care for your pet during an episode and before seeking emergency care.

Urinary Emergencies – Detecting signs of a problem and how to take immediate action.

The best way to manage an emergency is to be prepared ahead of time—know where to take your pet and what numbers to call when you have questions.

For a free copy of Pet Emergency Care email our client relations manager; Madeleine.Reberkenny@southpaws.com



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