While it may not seem like rocket science to figure out what is an emergency and what isn’t, oftentimes things are not clear cut.
Next time you are wondering after hours if your pet’s problem can wait until the morning, take a look at our pet emergency reference guide to help decide if you need to seek immediate care.
Recognizing a Pet Emergency
All pet owners should know the deal breakers – those symptoms or situations that fall into the “do not pass go, do not collect $200” category. If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms or is affected by any of these conditions, urgent care is essential. Seek emergency care if your pet: Continue reading “Are You Having a Pet Emergency? How to Know When It Can’t Wait”
Examining your pet at home is a good way to catch problems early. This should not be used to replace your doctor visit, however, as your veterinarian has additional resources and training to evaluate your pet. Here are some tips to assist you in checking your pet over.
Starting at your pet’s head, check the eyes for any discharge, cloudiness, sensitivity or loss of vision.
Next, lift up the ear flaps, smell the ears and look for debris or what may appear as dirt in the ears or redness on the ear flaps or outer ear. Normal ears should be clean and free of odor, with no redness.
Lift the lips and check for tartar on all the teeth. There should not be an offensive odor from the mouth. Are the gums red? Any discharge coming from the teeth? Continue reading “How to check over your pet at home”