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Safety Tips

We're here to help if you need emergency care. Of course, we would like your pet to be as safe as possible and avoid any emegency care. Here are some tips on how to keep your pets safe.

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7 things you should know in case of an emergency with your pet

If you have an animal emergency, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.

If you suspect or know that your pet has eaten or been exposed to a toxic substance or product, contact your veterinarian, emergency veterinary clinic, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center [888-426-4435*] immediately.
* a fee may apply

  • Your vet's emergency phone number;
  • The local emergency clinic number;
  • How to get to the emergency clinic;
  • Poison Control number (888-426-4435)
  • How to perform basic CPR on your pet;
  • How to stop bleeding/apply a basic pressure wrap;
  • How to muzzle your pet (to keep an injured pet from biting you)

SOURCE: American Veterinary Medical Association


13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or care

  1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within 5 minutes
  2. Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  3. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  4. Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  5. Injuries to your pet's eye(s)
  6. You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  7. Seizures and/or staggering
  8. Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
  9. Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  10. Heat stress or heatstroke
  11. Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious
  12. illness or any of the other problems listed here
  13. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  14. Unconsciousness
  15. The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet's health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinarian.

SOURCE: American Veterinary Medical Association