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when to call the vet: tips from petplan pet insurance on recognizing a real emergency

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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    VP Veterinary Services of Petplan

The first rule of being a pet parent is that it’s never wrong to call or bring your pet in to see the vet if you feel something is wrong. Remember, you’re the one who knows your pet best; if you feel something is awry, it’s up to you to do something about it. 

However, here are some situations which Dr. Ken Drobatz, Director of Emergency Service at University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Teaching Hospital considers genuine emergencies and which should not wait until the morning. His list includes:        

  •  Difficulty Breathing
  •  Altered Mental State
  •  Weakness/Extreme Lethargy
  •  Protracted Vomiting or Diarrhea (more than 24 hours)
  •  Toxin Ingestion
  •  Inability to Walk
  •  Rapidly Distending Abdomen
  •  Inability to Pass Urine, Despite Straining
  •  Severe Trauma
  •  Excessive Bleeding/Bruising
  •  Passing out or Seizures

 

 

Any of these signs could indicate an emergency condition and you should seek immediate veterinary attention.

 

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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.