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Posted on 12-27-2016
The veterinary professionals at Waldorf Emergency Care see all sorts of pet emergencies during the day and at night. Here are the top five reasons for pet emergency room visits.
1. Vomiting and diarrhea: Many conditions cause gastric upset, including snacking on fatty human food, picking through the garbage, infections and some types of illnesses.
2. Ingestion of toxins: Pets are curious creatures and this curiosity can lead them to eat things they should not, including medications, lilies and other houseplants, household cleansers and foods known to poisonous to animals, such as chocolate.
3. Difficulty breathing: Respiratory problems are scary, both for you and for your pet, and require emergency care from a veterinarian. Difficulty breathing may be a symptom of pneumonia, heart failure, or asthma.
4. Painful red eye can develop after an injury or scratch to the eye, infection, foreign matter in the eye, or glaucoma or other disease. Eyes are fragile and eye problems can deteriorate quickly, so painful red eye always requires immediate attention from an emergency room vet.
5. Lameness or difficulty walking may indicate muscle strain or other minor problem or they may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as a torn ligament, bone fracture or dislocation, or even cancer.
Emergency veterinary care for all of these conditions includes emergency triage, a comprehensive evaluation with the help of appropriate laboratory and radiology testing, treatment and stabilization. Treatment may include oxygen support, intravenous fluids, CPR and other life- or limb-saving procedures. Emergency treatment may include pain medications, depending on your pet’s condition.
Pet emergencies require immediate care. When in doubt whether your pet is suffering an emergency, contacting your emergency veterinarian is always the right thing to do. Emergency veterinarians are accustomed to helping people and their pets any time of day or night, every day of the year.
If your pet has a veterinary emergency, contact Waldorf Emergency Care. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days each year. Waldorf Emergency Care is located at 2215 Crain Hwy in Waldorf, MD. For more information, or to determine if your pet needs emergency veterinary care, call 301-705-9700.
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