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Emergency Veterinary Services FAQ
When an emergency strikes, every minute matters. Our emergency animal hospital in Baltimore provides life-saving care at a moment’s notice. Below, our emergency veterinarian in Baltimore answers five of the most frequently asked questions about pet emergency care.
#1: What are the symptoms of a health emergency?
Common health emergency symptoms include restlessness, panting, and an inability to lie down. Symptoms of health problems also include difficulty breathing, puffing the lips when breathing, or making unusual noises. Your pet may also experience excessive diarrhea and vomiting; diarrhea and vomiting for more than 24 hours require treatment. Collapse and seizure are extremely serious emergency symptoms that require immediate intervention. These symptoms may indicate the occurrence of a serious internal health problem, such as internal bleeding or the accidental ingestion of a poisonous substance.
#2: How does your emergency veterinarian in Baltimore treat pets during a health emergency?
The first treatment step is in an emergency to stabilize the pet’s vital signs and determine the cause for the emergency. Some emergencies, such as heat stroke, are more straightforward for treatment while other emergencies, such as the accidental ingestion of a poisonous substance, may be more complicated when it comes to determining the specific cause. In the event of an emergency, our in-house lab can expedite testing results, which helps our veterinarian more quickly determine the course of treatment.
#3: When should I bring my pet in for urgent care?
When in doubt, we always recommend a prompt visit to our emergency animal hospital in Baltimore if you observe any of the symptoms described above, including diarrhea and vomiting for more than 24 hours, difficulty breathing, collapse or seizure. Profuse hemorrhage from major trauma, such as being hit by a car, also requires immediate emergency medical attention. Finally, gastric torsion is an incredibly serious medical condition caused by the build-up of gas inside a pet’s stomach. When the stomach becomes twisted, emergency veterinary surgery may be necessary to relieve the gas build up and protect your pet from serious health problems.
#4: What are the signs of heat stroke?
Heat stroke is one of the most common pet emergencies affecting Baltimore pets. Symptoms of heat stroke include heavy panting, excessive thirst, glazed eyes, excessive drooling, vomiting and bloody diarrhea, staggering, weakness and collapse. If you think your pet is overheating, he probably is! Heat stroke cases can become very serious very quickly; if your pet collapses or experiences a seizure, immediate medical intervention is required. Emergency care is critical to prevent sudden, unexpected death.
#5: What should I expect after emergency care?
Once your pet’s condition has been stabilized, our veterinarian may recommend keeping your pet overnight in our emergency animal hospital in Baltimore. Overnight observation is important for ensuring that your pet does not experience additional medical complications. We send all pets home with detailed care instructions and pain medication, if necessary, to manage pain following emergency surgery. A pet emergency in Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville or Carney is very serious – don’t wait to seek treatment!