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Care Tips

Pain, fear, and shock can make animals behave differently. When you are faced with a pet emergency, remember that even the most well-trained and loving pet can behave differently when feeling ill or in pain. Approach all injured pets with caution. If you feel you cannot safely manage the emergency situation, please call us, and we will give you advise on how to transport your pet.

The Veterinary Emergency Clinic has complied a list of our common cases.

Medication
Never attempt to help your pet by giving human medication such as aspirins, ibuprofen or Tylenol, unless directed by your veterinarian. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, be sure to bring the original container for identification.
Bleeding
Apply direct pressure with a clean cloth. Do not remove to check stoppage; if the cloth becomes soaked, place more padding on the top of the original.
Heatstroke
Beware of heatstroke/Exhaustion….IT KILLS OUR PETS. Living in Florida where temperatures reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it is very important that we follow these safety tips: Take precaution- Sometimes is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the Florida sun, beaches, outdoors and vacations. By taking precautions you can help decrease the chance that a disaster will happen.
Parked Cars
You should never leave your pet in a parked car. In fact, in the state of Florida, it is a felony. Many animals left in parked cars can suffer brain damage and die from heatstroke. On a warm day, even with the windows cracked, the temperature can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Pools
we have large amount of homes that have pools on the lanai. Therefore pets and pools can equal disaster. Prevent free access to pools and always supervise a pet in the pool.
Travel
If you plan on traveling with your pet, take time to prepare for your pet in advance.
Sunburn
Pets can get sunburned too, and your pet may require sunscreen on their nose and ear tips. Pets with light colored fur on their backs are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer.
Keep Cool
Provide plenty of water and shade for your pet while they are enjoying the outdoors so they can stay cool. Never leave your pet unattended in the Florida sun.
Bite Wounds
Wounds that penetrate the skin are contaminated and may become infected within several hours. Many wounds that seem minor on the surface often hide more intensive injuries to vital tissues below.
Collapse/Loss of Consciousness
Illness or injury can make your pet too weak to stand. Neurological problems can impair or prevent normal movement and further attempts at walking may result in even greater injury.
Poisoning
When you know or suspect that your pet has digested a poisonous substance, talk to your veterinarian or emergency facility immediately to receive instructions and to assess the need for additional medical treatment. Bring the container/label of the poison you suspect if requested by the veterinarian.
Diarrhea
Many diseases begin with vomiting and or diarrhea regardless of the underlying causes of multiple episodes that can lead to severe dehydration and shock.
Infections
If you discover an infected wound or abscess, or it your pet suddenly becomes worse while on medication for infection, see your veterinarian or seek emergency care. Infection may spread and cause toxicity.
Fractures
Restrict movement. Call your veterinarian immediately to obtain instructions for transporting your pet to the hospital.
Urinary Blockage
Male cats are candidates for this illness, which can be very serious and in most cases need immediate medical treatment. Be sure to always monitor your cat’s urine production; if there is any straining to go to the bathroom or thinking the cat is constipated, these are serious signs of a life-threatening urinary blockage.
Holidays
Holiday food such as alcoholic beverages, candy, chocolate, turkey, fatty foods and bones are just a few of the hazards that can be dangerous to pets. Keep pets on their regular diet during the holidays. Holiday decorations, electrical cords, candles, ribbons, plastic or foil wrapping can be dangerous to your pet.
Toxic Plants
Many plants, especially ones received during the holidays can be toxic to your pet. Keep them out of reach of your pet.
Snake Bites
Our area and its environment have changed so much since the hurricane and we are seeing a lot more snakebites then we have seen in the past. Rattlesnake bites are very painful, and usually the owner observes the pet to be in extreme pain and swelling in the area is rapid. The venom causes severe swelling and bruising, tissue death, and blood clotting. The special treatment includes anti-venom, IV Fluids, medication to decrease your pet’s pain and blood tests to evaluate blood clotting and in some cases blood transfusion. IMMEDIATE treatment is essential.
New Puppies and Kittens
It is essential that all new puppies and kittens receive their initial vaccines and stay on the health plan that was recommended by your primary veterinarian. Pets that don’t obtain early exams along with the recommended vaccines are more susceptible to diseases and sicknesses that can be life threatening.
Hit by Car
A car can hit even the best-trained pet. Keep your dog on a leash at all times when outdoors.
Exercise
Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but extra care needs to be taken on older dogs, short nosed dogs and those with heavy coats. On very hot days, try breaking up the exercise time, a little in the morning and evening hours. Remember when walking your dog that the asphalt and concrete may be very hot.
Medication
Never attempt to help your pet by giving human medication such as aspirins, ibuprofen or Tylenol, unless directed by your veterinarian. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, be sure to bring the original container for identification.

ASPCA: Animal Poison Control
www.aspca.org.