WHAT TO DO IN CASES OF VETERINARY EMERGENCIES
Koska is a nine-year-old Labrador who attended the clinic for the first time with pain when walking in August 2017, with a couple of weeks of evolution; After reviewing the patient and performing an orthopedic examination, it is detected that she manifests pain to the caudal hyperextension of the right pelvic limb, for which a radiographic study of the hip is performed in which it is appreciated that the patient had coxofemoral osteoarthritis secondary to dysplacia of the hip. grade I hip, proceeding to perform arthroplastic excision surgery of the femoral head. After a couple of months with analgesic treatment, chondroprotectors, a light diet and physiotherapies, today Koska is 100% recovered living in her native Spain.
We present you 13 veterinary emergencies that require immediate veterinary care and / or consultation:
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that does not stop for five minutes.
- Choking, shortness of breath, or constant coughing and gagging
- Bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood or blood in the urine
- Inability to urinate or pass stools (feces), or obvious pain associated with urinating or having a bowel movement.
- Eye injuries to your pet.
- If you suspect that your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Seizures and / or staggering.
- Broken bones, severe lameness, or inability to move the leg (s)
- Obvious signs of extreme pain or anxiety.
- Heat stress or heat stroke.
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea: More than two episodes in a 24-hour period, or any of these combined with an obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here.
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more.
How would my pet have to be treated in an emergency clinic?
Although we love the fact that these facilities are available, the treatment philosophy of veterinary emergencies differs from a non-emergency clinic. The suspected emergency must be addressed immediately. Often times, especially if the problem is a true emergency, the luxury of time is wasted. The usual well-coordinated x-ray "game plan" approach to a broken canine bone is no longer appropriate.
In these situations, it is often necessary to perform multiple tests and procedures immediately to diagnose, stabilize, and treat a critically ill patient. Emergency vets are more concerned with the life-threatening ramifications of the emergency that allow non-critical issues to fade into the background. This is called “ranking,” which dictates an order in which patients and problems are treated. Once critical, potentially life-threatening conditions are resolved, it is often prudent to wait and ensure that the patient is stabilized before turning to non-critical issues.
At Mr. Can we hope that you never have to experience such emergencies with your pet, but if you do, we hope that you now have a better understanding of how these types of cases can be handled with your pet. Remember not to panic if your vet doesn't act immediately to fix your dog or cat's problem. Trust that there is a reason for these methods.