How do you know if your pet is having an emergency?
You know your pet best, so if you’re concerned call us 914-704-3400 or come to our hospital at 4 Hardscrabble Heights, Brewster, NY 10509. We’re open 24 hours, 365 days a year. If possible, give us a call to let us know you’re on your way.
What should you do if you think your pet is having an emergency or urgent condition?
- Stay calm.
- Handle your pet carefully; scared or injured pets can sometimes be aggressive.
- Please drive carefully.
Here are some warning signs of a pet emergency:
- Breathing difficulty or choking
- Pale or white gums
- Loss of consciousness
- Inability to get up or use limbs
- Fractures, burns, or bites
- Wounds or cuts
- Car accidents
- Medication, poison, or chemical ingestion
- Excessive drooling or pacing back and forth
- Refusal to eat for more than two days
- Excessive drooling, non-productive retching
- Swollen, distended, or firm abdomen
- Pregnancy or labor complications
- Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
- Heat stroke or hypothermia
- Inability to urinate or defecate
- Eye Injury
How to Prevent and Prepare for an Emergency
- Store a pet first-aid kit in your home and car.
- Never leave your pet in the car alone. Accidents and heat stroke can happen!
- Make sure your home and yard areas are safe and secure so pets don’t run away.
- Lock up medications, cleaners, cosmetics, and chemicals.
- Keep your pet away from the pool or hot tub when unattended.
- In public, your pet should be leashed and under your control at all times.
- Make sure you have your pet’s medical history for emergencies.
- Certain items are toxic for pets to eat: any candy or gum with artificial sweetener, onions, grapes, raisins, avocados, macadamia nuts, chocolate, coffee, alcoholic beverages, or any drugs not prescribed for that pet.
- Keep clothes, toys or any objects that pets are tempted to eat out of the way as they can cause intestinal blockages.
- If you own a pet bird, fumes from cleaning with oven cleaners or cooking with Teflon pans can kill; choose other household items.
- Keep pets away from electrical cords they might like to chew on.
- Many cases of poisoning happen with pets consuming pesticides, mulch, de-icing salts, antifreeze, gasoline, oil, or even poisonous plants. Keep an eye on your pet outside.