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Tips from Our After Hours Veterinarian

Common Pet Emergencies

Staying informed about dog symptoms or cat symptoms that a pet might exhibit when sick or injured helps owners to act quickly and think clearly to help stabilize their pet until they can get to one of our two veterinary hospital locations. The following list contains just a few of the most common pet emergencies we handle here at the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin.

Emergency Vet Clinic Describes
Dog symptoms and Cat Symptoms

Heatstroke - Cats and dogs cannot sweat (except on their foot pads), which makes them particularly vulnerable to heatstroke. Our after hours veterinarian urges pet owners to keep pets hydrated, with a shady, well ventilated place for them to rest on hot days. Weakness, panting, salivating profusely, bright red gums, lethargy, vomiting, and seizures are common heatstroke symptoms. Get to our emergency vet clinic immediately, and try to cool the pet down by spraying it with water and pointing a fan in its direction; do not use ice or cold water.

Poisoning - We frequently handle dangerous poisoning cases here at the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin. Remember: if it poisons a person, it will poison a pet, so keep antifreeze, cleaning supplies and poisonous plants out of reach. Also remember that some human foods are toxic for pets, like grapes, raisins and chocolate.  Some human medications such as tylenol (dogs and cats) and asprin (cats) can be highly toxic. If a pet has ingested poison, come to our after hours veterinarian immediately. Some symptoms of poisoning are: bleeding from mouth and nose, diarrhea, vomiting and renal failure. If possible, determine what the poison was, and if the container gives instructions about poisoning, such as inducing vomiting.

Car Accidents - When pets get hit by cars, they can sustain many kinds of injuries: blunt force trauma, broken bones and open wounds, for example. Even if the pet seems all right, come to the veterinary hospital right away to make sure. If necessary, get bleeding under control and make the pet as comfortable as possible for immediate transport to our hospital.

Foreign Object Ingestion - Our after hours veterinarian frequently sees cases where a pet has swallowed a foreign object, be it part of a toy, a shoe, wads of string etc. In some cases, the object will pass through, but sometimes the object causes a deadly intestinal blockage that needs to be cleared. Poor appetite, vomiting, a tight, uncomfortable abdomen and constipation are all signs that need to be addressed at our veterinary hospital immediately.

Snake Bites - Painful, bleeding puncture wounds can be a sign of snake bite, as well as hypertension, shock, tremors, lethargy, and difficulty breathing. If any of these are the case, try to keep the pet calm and still, and bring it to our veterinary hospital immediately.

We urge owners unsure about a pet's symptoms to call the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin immediately so we can advise them of what to do on the way over.