Be Careful! Remember that no matter how gentle animals are, when they are hurting or injured, pain may cause them to bite.
For After-Hour Emergencies
Call Dr. Dan at (620)326-6329
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Information concerning some more common emergencies that we see are listed below:
The Poison Control Center is located at Kansas State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital 1.785.532.5679 which has a FREE 24 hours poison control hotline for pet owners and veterinarians.
Cuts and Lacerations
Stop any severe bleeding by placing direct pressure over the area and holding it for at least 5 to 7 minutes. You can use a gauze pad, clean cloth, or paper towels to apply pressure. Minor wounds can be gently cleansed with soap and water. Pulsating or forceful bleeding indicates the rupture of an artery, which requires direct pressure over the area of bleeding while transporting the pet to our office for emergency attention.
Seizures have several stages. Stage One may go unobserved but also may be seen as staring or temporarily non responsive. Stage Two is seen as the actual seizure phase where the pet becomes rigid, has muscle tremors, the legs may paddle, chomping of the teeth, salivation, and sometimes urination and defecation. The Third Stage is noted as the post seizure phase where the animal may stagger and appear disoriented or may sleep. The most dangerous stage is Stage Two where the animals respiratory muscles are seized up and the animal's breathing is limited. If this stage lasts for a significant amount of time, brain damage can occur due to a lack of oxygen. If your pet is seizuring, you must try to keep the pet from hurting itself by using a soft blanket to wrap around your pet to protect it. Be careful to stay away from the mouth to prevent accidental biting. You will need to contact us for assistance.
Signs of Heat Stroke and what to do….
Taking these simple measures can make a big difference for your pet. If your pet reaches a body temperature of 104 degrees F or above, you will most likely see signs of potential heat stroke. Watch for these signs:
• Extreme panting
• Labored breathing
• Gums or eye membranes become a bright red
• Highly fatigued
• Possible collapse and unconsciousness
• Potential seizures
If any of these signs are presented, get your pet out of the heat immediately and into the shade. Use cool wet towels to bring down his temperature. If possible, place him/her in a tub of cool (NOT COLD) water. Bring your pet to us as soon as possible. Heat stroke is very serious and should be considered an emergency.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Vomiting and Diarrhea can be a very serious problem if it continues for an extended period of time. The animal can become dehydrated and die. At the onset of vomiting, keep the animal off of food and water for 12 hours to allow the nausea to subside. Pepto Bismol may be given at the rate of about 1/4 teaspoon for every 15 pounds of body weight every 6 - 8 hours. Ice cubes are an easy way to reintroduce fluids for your pet to limit the amount they drink at one setting.