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When to Take Your Pet to Emergency Care

When to Take Your Pet to Emergency Care

If you aren't sure if your pet needs emergency care, there are a few ways to tell. In general, if your pet loses consciousness due to an accident, injury, or seizure, your pet likely needs to receive emergency medical care. Here are a few scenarios that would require your pet to be checked out at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, NC.

Pet Injuries

If your pet has been injured and the wound seems deep or doesn't stop bleeding after a few minutes, your pet may need emergency pet care. If stitches are required to close the wound, it's important to get them before too much time has passed or your pet may lose a dangerous amount of blood. Keep pressure on the wound as best you can until you arrive at our office.

Poison and Pets

If your pet has recently had access to something poisonous, and you suspect that your pet ate or drank something harmful, you should contact emergency pet services. There are many common household items and foods that are poisonous to cats and dogs, not just chocolate. If your pet does get into something dangerous, some treatments can help to remove the poisons from your pet's stomach. In some cases, medical care is needed to manage the symptoms to keep your pet from becoming dehydrated.

Seizures and Pets

If your pet has a seizure every once in a while, he likely doesn't need emergency care. However, there are a few times that a seizure does require emergency care. If your pet is having seizures within minutes of each other, he may need emergency treatment. If a seizure lasts for several minutes, that's also a sign that your pet needs to be treated by a veterinarian with anticonvulsant medications.

Emergency Veterinary Care in Summerfield

In cases such as these, it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. If you live in or around Summerfield, NC, and your pet requires emergency medical care, call The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt at (336) 643-2229. Save our number in your phone for when an emergency arises. We will talk you through the steps you should take to ensure your furry friend gets the care he needs.


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