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Posted on 01-10-2017

What To Do In A Pet Emergency In Austin TX

Are You A Pet Owner In Austin TX? Get To Know Our Emergency Vet Facility 

At Emergency Animal Hospital of NW Austin, our number one priority is to deliver high quality and effective emergency veterinarian care while helping pet owners and pets stay as calm and comfortable as possible. Part of this mission involves teaching pet owners like you how to be prepared if you ever experience a pet emergency. 

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What Is A Pet Emergency?

Pet emergencies vary in kind and severity, but what they all share in common is that they require immediate medical attention to protect the health, comfort, and safety of your animal. Common types of pet emergencies evaluated and treated at our Austin veterinarian facility include:

  • Snakebites
  • Heatstroke 
  • Accidental poisoning 
  • Foreign object ingestion 
  • Bloat
  • Traumatic injuries (e.g., hit by a car, fall) 

It's important to know the signs and symptoms of a potential health emergency for your pet. Even if you don't know what's causing these symptoms, call an emergency vet right away as soon as you notice any of the following: difficulty standing, loss of consciousness, seizures, excessive or unusual bleeding, weak or rapid heart rate or respiratory rate, change in body temperature, pale gums. 

What To Do During A Pet Emergency 

A pet emergency can be overwhelming, so it's important to have an action plan ready if your cat or dog is ever in urgent need of medical attention. Here's what to do:

  • Check to ensure that your animal is not in imminent danger (e.g., around chemicals/smoke, or in the street), and if so, get your pet to a safe area as quickly and carefully as possible.
  • Call your emergency vet immediately at the first signs or symptoms of a pet emergency. If someone is with you, give them the phone number and direct them to make the call so you can more quickly attend to your animal.
  • Carefully approach your animal, saying his or her name as calmly as possibly while kneeling down to its level. Many animals show atypical aggression when they are hurt or ill, and it's important to protect yourself. If your animal does show aggression, call for help.
  • If your animal is not showing aggression, gently carry or lead your animal to your nearest source of transportation. If you have to carry your dog, be sure to support its head and neck. A cat can go in an open-topped box or carrier. 
  • Take your pet to the nearest emergency vet facility, and follow any instructions offered through the phone by the emergency vet.

Are You Prepared For A Pet Emergency? Let Our Austin Emergency Veterinarian Staff Help You In Times Of Need

At our facility, we offer advanced and comprehensive urgent and critical care to cats and dogs experiencing a health emergency. We also have a highly skilled emergency vet staff along with advanced technology for our diagnostic and therapeutic services. If you're a pet owner living in the Austin TX area, save these numbers in your phone in case of a pet emergency: that's 512-331-6121 for our Northwest Austin location (open 24 hours) and 512-899-0955 for our South Austin location (open nights, weekends, and holidays). 

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