One of the most stressful things that can happen to a pet owner is when their pet gets in an accident or suddenly becomes ill. In these circumstances, it might be difficult to make a rational decision. The best way to make sure that you aren’t caught off guard in a situation like this is by making an emergency plan in advance. We always suggest that you speak to your local vet about an emergency protocol. At Upper East Side, our team of vets will be happy to help you make a plan for what to do if your pet has an emergency during the night or when our clinic is closed. In these situations, we will provide you with the contact of a partner vet that provides a 24-hour service. Make sure to keep this information stored in a convenient location -- like on your fridge or in your cell phone -- so that you are able to access it quickly and easily.
However, if you happen to have an emergency during our working hours, we are able to help. Take a look at some of the emergency services that we are able to offer:
- Lab tests
- X-rays and fracture care
- Emergency stabilization
- Wound care
- Treatment for poisoning
- Infection treatments
See also: Pet Physical Examination
How To Tell If You Need Pet Emergency Care
Are you trying to determine whether your pet needs emergency care? Take a look at some of the signs that your pet might need emergency treatment:
- Rapid breathing
- Weak pulse
- Body temperature too high or too low
- Foaming at the mouth
- Partial paralysis
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible. Try and remember whether your pet recently ingested something that might have been toxic or determine what might be the cause of these symptoms or unusual behaviour.
If your pet had an accident and you need to treat him/her immediately, you can apply a number of first aid treatments before you take her/him to the animal hospital. Take a look at the following options:
- If your pet has been injured and is experiencing excessive bleeding, apply pressure to the wound and elevate the part of the body that has been injured.
- If your pet has ingested a foreign object and is choking, try to remove it with your fingers. If you are unable to do so, try to perform a modified Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the object that way.
Emergency Pet Care
When trying to determine whether your pet needs emergency care, it is important to trust your instincts. You know your pet better than anyone else, so if you think that they are behaving in a strange way, make sure to contact us or pay us a visit. For more information about the different services that we offer at Upper East Side Animal Clinic, or a free consultation about devising an emergency plan for your furry friend, contact us today at 212-396–3020.
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Monday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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