When your pet experiences an emergent situation, your Veterinarian in El Cerrito, CA is standing by to give your pet the emergency vet care they need. We urge you to call ahead at 510-529-4355 to notify our emergency clinic that you’re on your way. At El Cerrito Veterinary Care, we’re ready to help you and your furry friend through this uncertain time.
Pet Emergency Services
- Pain management
- Thermal support
- IV fluids administration
- Most labs and diagnostic testing in-house for faster diagnosis and treatment
- Digital radiography
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/ EKG)
- Blood pressure, oxygen, and other vital monitoring
- Pet poisonings
- Swallowed objects
- C-sections during birthing emergencies
- Injuries, bleeding, seizures or loss of consciousness
Signs of a Pet Emergency
Symptoms that may not seem like an emergency in a human can be an emergency vet situation. For example, a cat’s sudden refusal to eat can lead to kidney failure within 24 hours. Similarly, stomach bloat in dogs accompanied by a hunched appearance and attempts to vomit indicates GDV (Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus), leading to multiple organ failure in as little as an hour. As your pet’s human, it’s critical that you recognize common signs that your companion needs emergency care. These may include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Seizures, which may be brain trauma or epilepsy
- Pale gums, which may be a sign of kidney failure, anemia, or cancer
- Bloody vomit or diarrhea.
- Dark, tarry stools, which indicate possible internal bleeding
- Significant blood loss from a fight, road accident, or another incident
- Heatstroke signs like heavy panting, lethargic appearance, rapid heartbeat or vomiting
- Weak pulse or rapid pulse. A cat’s resting pulse is 120 to 140 beats per minute. A dog’s pulse is between 60-100 resting.
- Drastic body temperature changes, which are defined as under 98 degrees F or over 105 F for both cats and dogs
- Dehydration, which may present itself as diarrhea
- Broken bone
How to Stabilize Your Pet in an Emergency
Perform first aid and CPR on your pet to prepare them for transport and during transport, when possible. Depending on the type of injury:
- For possible neck injury, support the neck when picking them up
- For bleeding, put pressure on bleeding. Get the wound above your pet’s heart level.
- For choking, pull the object out if you can. Help your pet force it out by slapping them firmly on the chest, not the back.
- For a stopped heart, apply pet CPR.
- 1) Hold the mouth closed.
- 2) Blow into their nostrils.
- 3) Compress the chest 3 quick times in succession.
- 4) Keep a rhythm so that you are blowing and giving 3 chest compression within 3 seconds, and repeat.