Prompt Care for Your Pet in an Emergency
If your pet has been injured, ingested a harmful substance or object, or suddenly become ill, it is imperative that you contact a professional as soon as possible. If it is after hours, please contact your closest emergency vet clinic. It's always a good idea to have the telephone number to animal hospitals that will take care of your pet emergency at the time of day when desperately needed. It's best to plan for emergency veterinary service. At Marietta Vet Clinic, we prioritize your pet's health and safety. An experienced and compassionate vet, Dr. Julian Peckich can determine the severity of your pet's affliction and help ensure they receive the prompt care they need. Contact our Marietta, GA practice online or call (404) 919-5150 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Signs Your Pet Needs Urgent Care
Typically, you will notice when your pet is acting out of the ordinary. However, there are some important signs that can indicate your pet requires urgent medical attention. These indicators may include:
- Rapid or labored breathing
- Extreme weakness or lethargy
- Consistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Loss of consciousness
- Excessive bleeding
- A significant change in body temperature
- Abnormal pulse
- Pale gums
- Severe coughing
- Lack of appetite
Pets may even howl, scratch, or whine to indicate that they are in pain. Some of these signs are more obvious than others, but you should always bring any concerning behaviors to our attention as soon as possible.
We will make every effort to see you as soon as possible. Dr. Peckich has a diverse skill set and he is able to treat a wide variety of issues, including serious injuries.
What to do in an Emergency
If your pet is under duress, there are several steps you should take:
Call Your Veterinarian
During office hours, our staff can determine whether your pet is experiencing an emergency and whether professional attention is necessary.
If the doctor needs to attend to your pet, we will make every effort to see you as soon as possible. After-hours calls are directed to Dr. Peckich's personal phone. With a diverse skill set, he is able to treat a wide variety of issues, including serious injuries. In the case that Dr. Peckich is not available, he can refer you to a trusted professional.
Attend to Your Pet
Depending on the circumstances, there are some general guidelines you can follow on your own:
- If a toxic substance, such as antifreeze, or a foreign object has been ingested, we may recommend that you induce vomiting. It is important that you do not induce vomiting without our approval as some objects may harm your pet and will need to be removed endoscopically.
- You may first try to extract the object by sweeping your fingers at the back of the mouth. If that is not possible, we may instruct you to perform a modified Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the object. If your pet is no longer breathing after you remove the object, you may also need to carefully perform CPR.
- Injured pets will need to be secured before they are transported. In many cases, these pets may be more aggressive than usual. It is important to remain calm and approach your pet slowly. If they show aggression, you should seek assistance. Otherwise, gently lift them into a box or carrier and into the car.
- If your pet has been in an altercation or accident and is bleeding, you should elevate the injured area above the heart and apply pressure to the wound. If possible, locate the damaged artery and apply pressure.
Our staff can provide you with detailed instructions to help you safely care for your pet.
Your Pet is Our Priority
We understand that it can be stressful to see your pet injured or suddenly sick, but we are here for you when you need it most. If you think you may be experiencing an emergency, contact Marietta Vet Clinic online or by phone at (404) 919-5150.