When to Visit the ER | Dr. West Featured on AM Buffalo
Our own Dr. Stephanie West was once again featured on Pet Talk Tuesday on WKBW AM Buffalo on March 28th. You may remember us covering her last appearance on July 5th, where she talked about preventing dog bites. This most recent visit was dedicated purely to when exactly is it necessary for pet owners to bring their animal into Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Often times these crises occur when your regular veterinarian isn’t available, which can lead to a “watch and wait” until the morning mentality. This could provide extreme distress and risk your pet’s future health.
For the following edition of the VEC blog, we wanted to introduce several reasons why you should bring your animal into the ER. We would also like to announce an ongoing series of informative posts that will dive into further detail of all of the following cases. In the future we will break down further do’s and don’ts of the first steps of treating different scenarios, and what your next best action should be during emergency situations.
You can view Dr. West’s appearance on WKBW AM Buffalo here, for a full overview of everything she talked about with host Linda Pelligrino, who herself had to bring her dog into Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Dr. West had this to say in response to Linda’s compliments on the staff.
“They really, really care. We understand that when somebody comes there, they did not want to be there. They did not plan to be there. It’s a really distressing time.”
Here is an overview of what Dr. West talked about when asked what would constitute a visit to the emergency room.
When to take your pet to the ER?
Limping or not using a leg
Collapsed or Unconscious
Painful, Sensitive to touch
Rapid, shallow breaths
Gums bluish or purple
Stretching neck out when breathing
Puppy/kitten – should be evaluated right away
Adult – if vomiting doesn’t stop, is frequent, or other signs of discomfort
Danger of dehydration
Ingestion of substance
Call vet or animal poison control to learn if substance is toxic
Do NOT induce vomiting unless advised by professional
Gums yellow or pale
Straining at urination or defecation
Squatting without producing waste
Rolling uncontrollably, or head severely tilted
Avoiding OR seeking interactions – unusually
Bumping into items
Crying, howling, whining
Eyes bulging, squinting, painful
Discharge from vulva or penis
In labor and not passing puppy/kitten
Anything that makes you nervous or concerned
Stay tuned to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic page to learn more about what to do during the first stages of these emergencies. Remember, when your vet isn’t available, Veterinary Emergency Clinic is.