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How to Find an Emergency Veterinary Clinic

January 01, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog First Aid and Veterinary Emergencies, Dog Injuries, Emergency Veterinary Clinics, General Dog Health, Veterinarians and Veterinary Clinics

Be ready to help a sick dog in an emergency! Find a 24-hour veterinary clinic. (Timo Balk Photo)

In the event of a pet emergency, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. You can’t waste time Googling emergency veterinary clinics, nor can you afford to get lost en route to the veterinary hospital.

What’s more, emergencies involving a pet are a very frightening experience for the owner. So even simple actions — like Googling a vet clinic or following GPS directions — can be difficult.  So to avoid a potential tragedy with a sick or injured pet, consider the following preparations.

Finding a 24-Hour Veterinary Clinic & Emergency Treatment for Pets

The following measures will help pet owners avert tragedy if a dog, cat or other pet is injured or falls seriously ill.

  • Keep a pet first aid kit in your home and in your car.
  • Learn how to perform basic first aid for pets, including CPR for a dog or cat and the Heimlich maneuver for pets.
  • Find the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinic or animal hospital.
  • Drive to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital before an emergency arises – you need to be familiar with the route.
  • Store the phone number to the 24-hour animal hospital in your cell phone.

To find the nearest 24-hour animal hospital,  pet owners can ask their regular veterinary clinic. Also, many vets will provide the address and phone number for a local emergency veterinary hospital on the clinic’s voicemail for pet owners who call after hours.

There are also some great online directories for veterinary hospitals, including the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society’s directory.

More Tips on How to Help a Pet in an Emergency

If a dog or other pet suffers from a specific illness or condition that makes the animal prone to a medical emergency, pet owners should ensure that the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinic is equipped to help the pet.

In addition, pet owners should always call ahead when bringing a dog or other pet to a clinic for emergency treatment. This will enable the animal hospital staff to prepare for the animal’s arrival, enabling them to provide more prompt treatment.

If an owner is bringing their pet to their normal veterinary clinic for emergency treatment, they may be re-directed to a larger animal hospital if the pet’s injury or condition is beyond the clinic’s capabilities. So calling ahead is vital, as it can cut down on transportation time – something that’s essential when minutes mean the difference between life and death of a pet.

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Is My Dog’s Wound Infected?

February 20, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Injuries, Dog Symptoms

Dealing with a dog wound or cut? Learn a dog's symptoms of infection. (Benjamin Earwicker Photo)

This article will provide answers to questions like, “What are the symptoms of an infection in a pet’s wound?” “My dog’s wound smells bad and has discharge. Is it infected?” and “Why is my dog’s wound red and swollen? Does this mean the wound is infected?”

At some point, your dog will be wounded from an accident around the home or yard, or even due to a dog fight or other unfortunate mishap. Whatever the case, you’ll need to know how to know the signs of infection in a dog’s wound.

Disinfecting and cleaning a dog’s wound is vital to promote healing, but even in the best dog owner’s care, a dog’s wound can get infected.

But do you know the signs and symptoms of infection in a dog’s wound? Do you know when it’s time to take your dog to the veterinary clinic for an exam

Signs and Symptoms of an Infected Wound in a Dog

There are several symptoms that you may see if your dog’s wound, cut or incision gets infected. Signs of infection include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness (which often spreads instead of receding as it should if proper healing is occurring.)
  • Discharge (which is often thick, yellow or green in color)
  • Odor or Foul Smell
  • Pain and Tenderness

Is My Dog’s Wound Healing? Do I Need to Take My Dog to the Veterinary Clinic?

It’s important to note that some redness, swelling, discharge and pain is normal following an injury, but these symptoms will usually reach their worst point within 24 hours of the dog’s injury.

After 24 hours, the dog’s wound site should slowly begin to improve and heal. Your dog may have an infected wound if the redness, swelling, discharge and pain associated with the pet’s injury seem to get worse.

In addition, a dog’s wound should never have an odor. If the incision, cut or wound smells bad, this is a definite sign of infection in the wound. In fact, the dog may have developed an abscess – a pocket of infection beneath the skin’s surface.

Dog abscesses, infected wounds, severe wounds, bite wounds and wounds that won’t heal are all grounds for a trip to the veterinarian’s clinic for an exam, disinfecting and a prescription of antibiotics.

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