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How to Handle a Pet Emergency

The best way to handle an emergency is to be prepared before one occurs. So, you’re already ahead of the game by reading this blog post. If you’re worried that during an emergency you’ll forget this information, you might want to print this page out and stick it on your fridge.

How Do I Know Whether I’m Experiencing a Pet Emergency?

Pet emergencies include:

  • Difficulty or pain when walking or moving
  • Breathing problems
  • Diarrhea, constipation, gagging, or vomiting
  • Allergic reactions or swelling
  • Inability to urinate
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Unexplained fever
  • Ingestion of foreign objects or poisonous items

What Should I Do During a Pet Emergency?

Although pet emergencies can be frightening, the best thing you can do is stay calm. Not only will this make you feel in control of the situation, but it will also help keep your dog or cat from getting more agitated. Then, you’ll want to apply first aid treatment before immediately bringing your pet to a veterinarian for emergency care.

Please note that first aid treatment at home should not be a substitute for veterinary care. Instead, you should view it as something you can do to stabilize your pet until they can be seen by a professional.

What First Aid Treatments Can I Perform at Home?

Whether you’re experiencing a dog emergency or a cat emergency, there are a few first aid treatments that can help:

  • For External Bleeding – Apply pressure and elevate the affected area, if possible.
  • For Choking – See if you can remove the object with your fingers. If you can’t, give your pet a sharp rap on the chest to try to dislodge it that way.
  • For Poison – If your pet’s been exposed to a labeled poisonous product, follow the first aid instructions on the label before contacting your vet or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435. The 24-hour ASPCA hotline does charge a $65 fee for phone consultations.

Does Beechwold Vet Offer Emergency Care?

At Beechwold Vet, we handle pet emergencies during our normal office hours, providing CPR and life support. Our vets also take calls during emergency situations until 10pm, Monday through Saturday.

If you require help outside of our emergency care hours, there are 3 local clinics we recommend that offer 24-hour emergency care:

MedVet: Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets
300 East Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Phone: 614-846-5800

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 614-292-3551

MedVet Hilliard: Medical and Cancer Center for Pets
5230 Renner Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Phone: 614-870-0480

As a reminder, if your dog or cat is due for a checkup, you can schedule an appointment at our Columbus office by calling 614.268.8666 during normal business hours. For your convenience, we’re open until 6:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 3:30 on Saturdays.