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North Alabama Veterinary Emergency & Specialty

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What To Do In A Pet Emergency

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Stay Calm & Contact Us

If your pet is having an emergency, please stay calm. Your pet will be calmer if you are calm. Please bring your pet to North Alabama Veterinary ER + Specialty as soon as possible when you detect an emergency or directly after a trauma. Please call us at (256) 850-0077 if you have ANY questions regarding your pet’s condition. We are here to help you.

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What To Do

  1. Check with us before giving any home remedies or human medications.

  2. Keep a file with your pet’s medical history and bring it with you if possible.

  3. Be a good observer; know when your pet last ate, drank, urinated, or defecated.

  4. Bring a sample of any abnormal stool, vomit, or urine.

  5. If seizures or fainting occur, time the length of these episodes.

Transporting Your Pet

  1. Handle your pet carefully, and as gently and as little as possible

  2. If possible, lie your pet on their side. If your pet seems to resent this or has more difficulty breathing on their side, leave them in a comfortable position of their choosing.

  3. Place your pet in the back seat and, when possible, have someone ride in the back with your pet.

  4. If your pet cannot walk or is too weak to stand, gently wrap/slide your pet into a blanket, towel, or coat to lift and transport your pet to the car. If you have a small dog or a cat, place your pet in a secure pet carrier.

  5. Two people should lift your pet into your vehicle and support both the head and rear if you have assistance.

Pet First Aid

  1. If your pet is bleeding, apply firm, direct pressure over the bleeding area to control bleeding. Avoid bandages that cut off circulation.

  2. Wrap large wounds to keep them clean.

  3. Minimize movement as much as possible.