Dos And Don'ts Of Pet Health Emergencies

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When your pet seems to be having a health emergency, it can be frightening. Since your pet is a valued part of the family, you should treat their emergency care as such. While the first step you should take in this situation is to get your pet to the closest animal hospital, be sure to follow these simple pet care rules as well

DO Take Early Symptoms Seriously.

Pet health differs from human health in that they might not show their symptoms quite as externally as we do. This means that even in health emergencies, it can be easy to shrug off concerning behaviors. Avoid doing so. If a symptom seems worrisome, it just might be. 

DON'T Medicate your Pet at Home.

You might think you know how to take care of your pet better than anyone, but this does not mean that you should give your pet pills meant for humans. A vet should handle their health, as home treatment can make them sick. If your vet prescribes a medication, administer the medication exactly as instructed.

DON'T Stay at Home and Search Symptoms Online.

Searching your pet's concerning symptoms online could have you potentially wasting precious time. Every second counts during a health emergency, so get your animal in the car and on their way to care instead. This way, a professional can take note of their symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis.

DO Report all Symptoms and Behaviors to the Vet.

Take note of everything your dog or cat is doing and make a list if necessary. Your vet will need to knowas many details as possible, and sinceyour pet can't talk, you will have to do the describing. 

DO Schedule a Follow-up with your Primary Vet.

After your pet receives emergency care, call your vet and report what happened. They will likely want you to come into the office for a follow-up appointment. Talk with your pet health professional about how you can prevent an emergency like this in the future. 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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