EMERGENCY – How To Tell When Your Pet Needs Medical Attention Now.
Often pets appear to become ill quite quickly and their owners fail to realize what is going on or when it is time to get medical attention. In many cases, the “sudden” illness has been brewing under the surface for some time but there were not very recognizable signs for the owner. Once an ailment has reached a critical point – medical attention is required sooner than later.
If your pet is displaying ANY of the following symptoms – contact your veterinarian immediately:
Rapid , unusual breathing. Respiratory distress can be caused by many things. The most common causes are extreme pain, heart failure, a tumour or growth in the lungs or abdomen
Pale gums. Anemia has several causes, primarily loss of blood into the body (such as a ruptured tumour or spleen), heart failure (the heart is unable to pump oxygen throughout the body) severe lung issue (pneumonia, a tumour or a puncture – common when attacked by a larger animal or having been hit by a motor vehicle)
Loss of consciousness. Any time a pet loses consciousness (even briefly) it is cause for veterinary care General causes are seizures, brain tumour or injury, heatstroke, internal bleeding
Seizuring. – Generally characterized by twitching, body spasms, eyes rolling around or locked still and not appearing to see anything.
Inability to get up, stand or walk. A common sign of severe pain is the inability or refusal to get up or stand. In cases of nerve damage or types of paralysis your pet may not be able to rise, walk or move certain parts of its body.
Severe lethargy. Extreme tiredness, resistance to moving around, little or no interest in food or participation in daily routines and events often indicates such conditions as severe diabetes, internal bleeding, pancreatitis, heart, kidney or liver failure
Vomiting. While vomiting itself is a common issue with pets, there are several types to look for that can indicate potential life threatening conditions. Vomit containing large amounts of blood, Dark, black thick stool smelling vomit, vomit containing pieces of glass, tree ornaments or other sharp objects – especially if blood is present. Vomit that contains undigested food that the pet had consumed several hours prior (food should never sit undigested in the stomach for several hours). This is often a sign of a foreign body lodged in the bowels (string, rope, carpet, toys, socks/underwear, etc) that will quite possibly require surgical removal.
Extremely high body temperature. Commonly indicates a high fever due to a major infection, prolonged exposure to excessive heat (heatstroke)
Extremely low body temperature. Commonly indicates shock or hypothermia from exposure.