Know the Signs of Illnesses in Your Pets
No one knows your pet better than you do. However, identifying the signs of illnesses can be difficult, even for the most attentive pet owner. This is particularly true if your pet has ingested a foreign object or is suffering from poisoning.
Assessing your pet’s emergency at home
If you are uncertain if your situation is truly an emergency, you can do the following before calling us:
- Take your pet’s temperature—This must be done rectally. Put a thermometer in a zip-top baggie and lubricate the tip in the bag with Vaseline or K-Y Jelly. Normal temperatures are as follows:
Dogs: 100—102.5 °F
Cats: 100—102.5 °F
Exotics: Varies among species, please call us
- Check your pet’s gum color—Lift your pet’s lip and look at a non-pigmented area to determine the gum color. Pink is good. Red, white, or blue colors are a serious cause for concern. Call the vet!
- Check for dehydration—Pinch and lift the skin on the top of the head between the ears. Notice how long it takes for the skin to return to its original shape. If it takes more than 2 seconds, your pet may be dehydrated. Also, gums should be moist.
In an emergency
Call (217) 359-1977 to discuss you pet’s emergency with our staff. We will help you decide the best method for addressing the situation. Remain calm. Do not attempt home remedies or medications. Be cautious when handing injured pets. Animals often bite when afraid or in pain.
Please call before coming to our clinic so our staff can be as prepared as possible for your animal’s specific illness or injury. We may also be able to suggest immediate first-aid measures you can take to help your pet and will provide detailed directions to our clinic.