25 Reasons to Rush Your Dog to the ER

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Like your general practitioner, a good number of veterinarian offices are equipped for well visits, chronic illnesses and conditions, and visits to the vet that can “wait until the morning” if necessary.  All vets can’t be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  But like humans, dogs can’t schedule their injuries and illnesses between 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.  Also, sometimes your dog will get a serious enough injury or illness that your regular vet, while likely medically trained to do so, doesn’t have the right equipment and staff to do what is best for your dog in that situation.  It is in those times when, if at all possible, you need to get your dog to an emergency veterinary hospital.  Here are some of the reasons that you might need to rush your dog to the ER.

 

  1. Severe trauma such as a fall or being hit by a car

  2. Severe bleeding that you cannot stop within a few minutes

  3. Choking, coughing, gagging that does not clear quickly

  4. Bleeding from any orifice – nostrils, mouth, rectum

  5. Coughing up blood

  6. Blood in urine

  7. Inability to pass waste – urine or feces

  8. Severe limping, lameness, broken bones

  9. Ingested poisonous substance such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rat poison and so on

  10. Seizures

  11. Eye injuries

  12. Unconsciousness

  13. Heatstroke

  14. Vomiting and diarrhea that last more than 24 hours

  15. Unwillingness to drink water for more than 24 hours

  16. Frostbite

  17. Electric Shock

  18. Unproductive vomiting

  19. Difficulty breathing

  20. Paralysis

  21. Bloated abdomen

  22. Difficulty giving birth

  23. Extreme lethargy

  24. Prolapse of the rectum or uterus

  25. Staggering, falling

 

Although you haven’t figured out how to claim your dogs as dependents on your taxes yet, they are full-fledged member of your family.  You want your dog to be safe, healthy, happy, and free from suffering.  But life happens and sometimes you find yourself having to make a decision as to whether your dog should go to your regular vet (if the situation occurs during regular office hours), if your dog’s injury or illness can wait until your vet is open (if the situation occurs when your vet’s office is closed), or if you need to transport your dog to an veterinary emergency hospital.  The list above can help you to make that decision.  While emergency veterinary care can often be quite expensive, it may well be worth it.  It may very well be what makes the difference between life and death for your canine family member.