It’s just another normal day at home when all of a sudden, you start to notice your pet acting a little funny. What’s going on? A closer look at their general appearance and behavior may reveal they’re unwell, but without a concrete understanding of what’s behind vague symptoms, you’re stumped.
In some cases, you could have a bona fide pet emergency on your hands. Was your pet exposed to something toxic? Are they having a serious allergic reaction to something? The answer may surprise you. Either way, it’s a situation that requires quick thinking and immediate action.
An allergic reaction occurs in response to specific allergens entering the body, such as dust or pollen. Depending on the trigger, your pet may display signs of skin inflammation, like hives, swelling, itching, or redness. This type of allergic reaction is important to address, but can be treated quickly with certain medications, like antihistamines or steroids.
When the body overreacts to a foreign substance, the results can be dire. An allergic reaction may be the result of any of the following:
- Insect bites
- Misused parasite medication
- Vaccine injection
While not common, anaphylactic shock can occur within 15 minutes of exposure. Please be watchful of the following symptoms:
- Diarrhea (tinged with blood)
- Difficulty breathing
- Facial swelling
- Weak pulse
- Rapid heart rate
Prompt treatment of this type of pet emergency may include medication, IV fluids, and hospitalization. We can also help you identify and address the source of the problem at home.
A pet poisoning can have similar symptoms to a severe allergic reaction. However, depending on the type of toxin and how much your pet is exposed to, symptoms can vary significantly.
Gastrointestinal distress can occur, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, nausea, and inappetance. These symptoms can also be indicative of kidney or liver failure. Please don’t ignore these signs of a pet emergency. Contact us immediately to reduce the chance of long-lasting health problems or life-threatening illness.
Please beware of the following signs of a pet poisoning:
- Coughing up blood
- Pale or yellowed gums
- Rapid heart rate
- Bad breath
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination or lack thereof
- Odd behavior
- Black or tarry stool
Pet Emergency Care
The veterinarians and staff members at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital are always here to help. Remember, time is of the essence when it comes to a pet emergency. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.