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How to Handle a Veterinary Emergency

Having access to a veterinary team that knows exactly what to do when your pet experiences an emergency can mean the difference between life and sometimes fatal consequences. At Animal Emergency Clinic of Champaign County, we are experienced in providing emergency veterinary care for dogs, cats, and pocket pets that includes:

  • Ingestions or poisonings—Did you witness your pet ingest a foreign body? Do you suspect your pet may have swallowed or come in contact with a poison or toxin based on changes in his or her behavior? If so, your pet may require immediate medical attention and the need for critical care services. Please visit the ASPCA Poison Center website or call them direct at (888) 426-4435 for immediate assistance with any poison-related emergency.
  • Trauma—Has your pet suffered from a trauma resulting in an injury or wound? If so, we highly recommend immediately seeking professional emergency care to ensure that your pet is OK. If left untreated, traumatic injuries can lead to infection, lameness, and even death.
  • Signs of illness—If your pet is suddenly experiencing abnormal changes in behavior or loss of appetite, these may be signs of illness. We are trained to readily identify these signs in animals and will work with you to quickly help your pet get the proper medical treatment he or she needs.
  • Seasonal hazards—With changes in weather and seasons also come many hazards for your pets. Decorations and even foods are often the culprit behind many pet emergencies during changes in seasons and holidays.

Identifying emergencies

Following is a comprehensive list of the different conditions and situations that may indicate your pet is in need of emergency veterinary care:

  • Cardiovascular emergencies—Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, thromboembolism, pericardial effusion, diagnostic imaging, ECG, blood pressure monitoring and drug therapy
  • Respiratory emergencies—Coughing, sneezing/nasal discharge, tracheal collapse, pneumonia, oxygen therapy, diagnostic imaging, thoracocentesis
  • Metabolic and endocrine emergencies—Diabetes mellitus and its complications, hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease), electrolyte imbalances, seizures, dehydration, allergic reactions
  • Traumatic emergencies—Animals hit by a car, wounds, fractures, amputations, skin trauma, bites and scratches, pain management
  • Environmental emergencies—Electric shock, near drowning, heat stroke and hyperthermia (too hot), hypothermia (not warm enough)
  • Skin emergencies—Lacerations, bite wounds, burns, abscesses
  • Gastrointestinal emergencies—Vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, GI diseases, foreign ingestions, GDV (bloat), abdominal surgery, pain management
  • Urinary and reproductive emergencies—Problems urinating, kidney disease, problems associated with birth and delivery, cesarean sections
  • Neurologic emergencies—Head trauma, excessive shaking or tremors, seizures, disorientation, unresponsiveness
  • Eye and ear emergencies—Proptosed globe (eye out of socket), trauma to the eye, corneal foreign bodies, acute glaucoma, sudden blindness, tonometry measurements, ear infections, aural hematomas
  • Toxicologic emergencies—Antifreeze, Tylenol/ibuprofen, chocolate, household cleaning products, lead poisoning, marijuana, organophosphates, rat poison, spider bites, vaccine reactions
  • Avian and exotic species—Animal Emergency Clinic does not specialize in the treatment of exotic or pocket pets. However, if these animals require emergency care, we are willing to treat them to the best of our ability. We work with your veterinarian in any way we can.

In the event that your pet has ingested a toxin, you may want to phone the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. They can provide up-to-date information regarding a wide variety of toxins found in household products, medications, and other toxic substances. In addition, we can also work with Poison Control to develop a treatment plan for your pet. However, please note that there may be a charge for the information they provide.

When in doubt, please do not hesitate to contact our staff. We can help you decide if your pet’s situation is an emergency.