Aug 08 2016

Recognizing a Pet Emergency

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When it comes to pets, knowing what is and isn’t an emergency can be difficult. Of course, sometimes there is no question, but especially when it comes to exotic pets it isn’t always easy to know. Paws, Purrs & Exotics Animal Hospital wants you to know when we need to see your pets right away, and when it can wait.

Always an Emergency

Some things are always a pet emergency, no matter the time of day or night. Your pet should see a vet right away if he or she exhibits one or more of the following signs:

  • Lethargy or depression
  • Weakness
  • Incoordination
  • Change in personality
  • Decreased or absent appetite
  • Trouble breathing or change in breathing pattern
  • Coughing
  • Nasal drainage
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth, or in the urine or feces
  • Straining or inability to urinate
  • Eye problems
  • Attacked by another animal
  • Toxin ingestion
  • Limping or other signs of pain
  • Sitting in the bottom of the cage (birds)
  • Changes to feathers

When in doubt, it is best to give us a call. We would always rather investigate than wait too long to help a sick pet.

A Note About the Exotic Pet Emergency

Most types of exotic pets are extremely good at hiding signs of serious illness. This means that by the time you realize that something is wrong, it is often a true emergency.

If you are an exotic pet owner, it is even more important than with domestic species to pay close attention to your little friend’s day to day habits. Monitor eating, drinking, socialization, and other behaviors closely. The sooner that you recognize there is a problem, the better our chances are to get your pet well.

What to Do

If you think that you are experiencing a pet emergency, it is important to call us right away. Letting us know that you are on your way in allows us to be better prepared to see your pet immediately upon arrival. If you are unsure whether you need to come in, we are always happy to guide you.

When handling your pet, be safe. Sick or injured pets may bite or scratch even if normally mild mannered. Be gentle and do not take any unnecessary chances with your own safety. Most pets are most safely transported in an enclosed area such as a box or crate in order to decrease stress and prevent injury.

Having a pet emergency is never fun, but knowing when to bring your pet in is essential to keeping him or her happy and healthy. We are happy to be here to help when you need us.


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