Pet Emergency Do's and Don'ts - Polo Springs Veterinary Hospital
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Pet Emergency Do’s and Don’ts

Below is a list of common pet emergency do’s and don’ts. The most important thing to remember is to trust your instincts. No one knows your pet better than you do. If you have the slightest concern as to whether your pet may be experiencing a health problem, call us first. We are here to help you in any way we can.

  • Do keep our phone number and address in a convenient spot in case of emergency
  • Do bring in the packaging of any suspected toxin that your pet may have ingested
  • Do apply pressure to actively bleeding wounds during transport to the hospital
  • Do bring in a list of your pet’s current medications (or bring the meds with you)
  • Do (if time allows) call ahead and let us know you are on your way
  • Do stay calm and seek immediate veterinary care
  • Don’t give your pet human medication(s) without first getting our advice
  • Don’t offer your pet food or water soon after they have vomited
  • Don’t assume neonates nursing from their mother are definitively being nourished
  • Don’t induce vomiting at home
  • Don’t tightly bandage open wounds
  • Don’t give any over-the-counter pain medications to your pet
  • Don’t wait and see if your pet gets better over the next 24 hours
  • Don’t allow yourself to be bitten trying to separate a dog fight
  • Don’t get pet emergency care advice by searching the internet. Do call us first!
  • Don’t assume your pet can urinate/defecate if you see posturing with little to no success
  • Don’t douse your pet in cold water if they have heat stroke. Do use lukewarm water and call us immediately

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