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Posted on 05-23-2017

What to Do in a Pet Emergency

No one likes to think about their pet getting injured or falling seriously ill. However, it is often very hard to think straight when your pet is in danger. Having a plan in place to deal with such a situation can be very helpful if you ever do have to implement it.

Pet Emergency

When Do You Have a Pet Emergency?

If you ever feel like your pet might be in danger, the best thing to do is call a vet like Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center. We can advise you about what might constitute an emergency. Some things that always qualify as an emergency include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Paralysis or difficulty moving
  • Freely bleeding wounds
  • Seizures

What to Do Until You Get to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Most emergencies require trained veterinary help at an emergency veterinary clinic, and sometimes advanced equipment. However, if your pet is having certain emergencies, you can administer first aid. These might include things like placing pressure on a wound or checking your pet's throat for any blockages.

Even the nicest pets can act aggressively when they are injured, so it is wise to take care around them. Towels can be used to help handle injured cats, and muzzles are useful for injured dogs. Be aware that if your dog has never worn a muzzle before, getting on him or her might be difficult.

Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center is Your Veterinarian in Troutdale and Gresham

If you live in the area or are visiting, Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center is your full-service veterinarian in Troutdale and Gresham for pets of all kinds. We maintain a close relationship with a nearby emergency veterinary clinic for 24-hour care, and a vet is always on-call during clinic hours. If you think you are having a pet emergency, don't delay. Call Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center at 503-661-1833 for help with your dog, cat, rabbit, pocket pet, reptile or bird.

Pets get into all sorts of things. What was the scariest thing your pet ever got into?

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