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Dog Emergencies / Health
Disorders and Treatments

Dog emergencies and other extreme medical situations require that you must get your dog to the veterinarian as quickly as possible. Of course, not every possible ailment will need professional treatment but better safe than sorry.



If your dog ever receives any type of injury it is always best that you be aware of what to do in advance (depending on what type of injury the dog has received).

Dog first aid skills are very important, just as with humans. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency may mean the difference between life and death for your dog.

Different kinds of injuries require different kinds of treatments - and many injuries may require immediate medical assistance. It is a good idea to learn how to prevent dog emergencies, treat minor injuries with first aid, and just when you need to seek immediate veterinary assistance and care.



Any of the following symptoms require IMMEDIATE medical action from your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog has any of the following symptoms or problems:

Being hit by a vehicle,

Broken bones,

Bleeding from nose or mouth,

Bloated abdomen,

Pale gums,

Repeated vomiting,

Diarrhea for more than 18 hours,

Muscle tremors,

No pulse or heart beat,

Problems with breathing or swallowing

Puncture wounds to the abdomen or chest,

Refusal to eat for 48 hours,

Spurting blood,

Seizures or disorientation,

Unusual swellings, especially ones that are sudden, hard or fast growing




In any emergency situation it is always very important to try and keep as calm as possible and to get your dog to the veterinarian as quickly as possible. If anything ever happens, call first to see if the office is open, and to let the vet know what has happened and that you are on your way.

If your veterinarian's office is not open, call your nearest emergency vet clinic. Always keep emergency phone numbers, including those of your veterinarian and emergency veterinarian clinic, near your telephone. Here's to never having any dog emergencies in your life.

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