Americans love pets. 46,300,00 households own at least one dog and 38,900,000 own cats. But for as popular as animals are, Americans are not always the best at caring for them. Oh sure, they spend ample amount of money on their animals, even during the height of the recession, American’s spending on their pets did not wane. But the lack of knowledge about proper animal care is a pervasive issue.
One common question is what would require a trip to the animal hospital for emergency vet services. Is it a bee sting? A limp? Some Americans will bring their pets to the veterinary emergency center for the smallest issues, whereas some will ignore even the most blatant signs of a pet emergency.
This guide is designed to help you understand when you should and should not seek out emergency vet services. It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive. If your pet is experiencing symptoms that don’t fall on this list, but you feel the situation is serious, then please skip down to the next section.
- pet isn’t breathing or no heartbeat
- Pet is unconscious and unresponsive
- Vomiting or diarrhea that lasts over 24 hours
- Blood in vomit
- suspected broken bones
- trouble breathing
- Collapse and inability to stand again
- Swollen abdomen that is hard to the touch
What To Do
Call your veterinarian, don’t use email or leave a voicemail. It is important that you find someone who might be best able to diagnose the cause of your animals system. If you cannot get anyone on the phone, call a local Animal Hospital. In order to be accredited, they must have either a 24-hour phone line or a voice recording you directing your to an open hospital.
While pet owners usually claim to understand their animals moods and actions, it can still be hard to know when something is seriously wrong. Remember to trust your instincts, you know your pet better than anyone else. Don’t second guess yourself.
If you are worried something might be truly wrong, then call a local animal hospital. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.