Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

Just like their human families, pets can sometimes suffer from illnesses or accidents requiring immediate emergency intervention. At Trail Pet Hospital, we offer emergency veterinary care for our valued patients when they need it the most. So make sure to keep our number on hand, 972-629-9766, and contact us immediately if your furry companion requires emergency care. 

What Are Signs of a Pet Emergency?

The following are the most common warning signs your pet requires emergency care:

  • Loss of Appetite: Avoiding food for an extended time can be a warning sign of illness or distress. 
  • Signs of Pain: Signs of obvious pain or distress may include crying, shaking, or refusal to socialize.
  • Difficulty Breathing: Noisy respiration, wheezing, choking, coughing, gagging, or excessive panting are often signs of respiratory distress.
  • Severe Bleeding: Any severe bleeding lasting more than five minutes or blood coming from the eyes, mouth, nose, or rectum requires immediate care. 
  • Trauma: Trauma or an accident can result in severe injury or broken bones, requiring urgent care. 
  • Seizures: More than one seizure within 24 hours or one that lasts more than three minutes is an emergency.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea: Vomiting or diarrhea that lasts for more than 24 hours or shows traces of blood is a red flag.  
  • Collapse or Inability to Stand: Weakness or collapse can be a sign of serious illness, anemia, infectious disease, internal bleeding, heart problems, or injury.
  • Ingestion of Toxins: If you know or suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic, such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, or rodent poison, seek immediate care.
  • Distended or Hard Abdomen: A swollen, hard abdomen can be a sign of a critical condition, such as bloat, especially in large-breed dogs.
  • Difficulty Urinating: Struggling to urinate or stopping altogether can be signs of a bladder stone or other problem that can impact your pet’s kidney health.
  • Eye Injuries: Eyes are particularly vulnerable to injuries or infections and can quickly deteriorate without prompt treatment.
  • Labor Complications: Strong, prolonged contractions without progress or signs of visible distress during labor can leave the mother and offspring at risk. 

What Should You Do If Your Pet Experiences an Emergency? 

If you suspect your pet is experiencing an emergency, contact Trail Pet Hospital at 972-629-9766 immediately. Our emergency care team will provide you with tips and guidance to stabilize your furry companion before you head our way. Our emergency vet has extensive experience in pet ERs, providing care and attention for the most challenging pet emergencies. 

What Can You Expect During an Emergency Appointment? 

Upon arrival for your pet’s emergency appointment, our compassionate team will begin immediate care for your pet. We will take your pet’s vital signs and ask you about your concerns. Dr. Suh will perform a thorough physical examination and may use diagnostic tools, like whole-body X-rays, ultrasounds, blood work, or urine analysis, to get a clearer picture of your pet’s needs.

Dr. Suh will create a personalized treatment plan to get your pet’s health on track as quickly as possible. Whether your furry companion has had an accident, is in respiratory distress, has ingested a household toxin, or requires emergency surgery, you can count on our team for state-of-the-art emergency services with a gentle touch. 

Emergency Veterinary Care Near Me in Dallas, TX

At Trail Pet Hospital, we are committed to providing state-of-the-art, compassionate emergency services to ensure the best possible outcomes for our furry patients. If your pet experiences an emergency, don’t wait. Contact us at 972-629-9766 for immediate care and to prepare for your arrival. We are here for you and your furry companion every step of the way.