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No one wants to visit the veterinary clinic for a pet emergency, but they do happen. Be on the lookout for the following common pet emergencies.

Pet Emergencies: Vomiting and/or diarrhea

There are many causes for digestive upset in dogs and cats. Some of the more common reasons include over-eating, sudden diet changes, ingestion of non-food materials, and parasite infestation. Always make diet changes over 7- to 14-day periods and be careful when offering treats. Keep in mind that people food may upset many pets’ stomachs. Make sure your pet is taking a monthly parasite preventative medication and bring a stool sample to your vet on a routine basis to be checked for parasites. Digestive upset can range from a mild, self-limiting episode to a life threatening event. It is always best to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian if you are unsure.

Pet Emergencies: Poisoning

Pets frequently ingest items that can be toxic to them. Prescription human and pet medications are among the top offenders. Be sure to keep these items in an above-counter cabinet so that they cannot be accessed by curious pets. Rat poison and toxic plant ingestions are also common causes for emergency visits to the vet. If you suspect that your pet has ingested something potentially toxic, do not delay. Call us immediately, as with many poisonings time is vital for successful treatment.

Pet Emergencies: Vehicle accidents

Sadly, many pets are injured by vehicles. This can be a devastating event. Always keep your pets on a leash when outdoors. Keep in mind that spaying or neutering your pets can also help keep them a little closer to home. Should your pet be hit by a car, be sure to have a veterinarian examine him or her even if they appear okay outwardly. When transporting an injured pet make sure to take precautions to protect yourself, as even the sweetest animal may bite when painful.

Should your pet need emergency services, Springbrook Animal Care Center is here to help. Don’t forget that over that we are open until noon on the Wednesday prior to Thankgiving (closed Thanksgiving Day). Feel free to call ahead with an emergency all weekend. One of our doctors will be happy to meet you at the center.