Pets, like children, have a talent for getting into trouble. Although you can never fully prepare yourself for the experience of a pet medical emergency, you can start preparing now by following a few tips. Dr. Mitrovic and our team at All Creatures Great and Small Animal Hospital and Urgent Care are here to help when your furry friend needs urgent care. Contact us today if you live in or around Denville, Fairfield, and Bergen County, NJ.
What is Considered a Pet Emergency?
Pets need immediate care if they show signs of heatstroke, poisoning, seizures, snake bites, choking, bleeding heavily, bleeding that is not stopping after five minutes, broken bones, injuries from car accidents or fights, eye injuries, signs of extreme stress, severe chronic vomiting or diarrhea, burns, unconsciousness, or refusal to eat and drink for 24 hours.
Pets in Pain Will Bite and Scratch
Pets in pain will be severely frightened. This will make them kick, bite, and scratch. If possible, muzzle your dog with a leash or pair of pantyhose. Put on gloves or eye protection before trying to transport pets to your vehicle.
Transporting Pets in an Emergency
Pets need to be restrained in a vehicle to keep them from moving about and potentially causing more injuries. It is best to place your pet in a pet carrier. Large dogs that cannot stand or jump into a vehicle should be rolled onto a blanket. The sides of the blanket are lifted and the dog with it. More than one person may be needed to lift the dog.
Finding Pet Emergency Care
The time to find a 24-hour emergency vet clinic is before an emergency happens. Do not assume that your regular vet or even an urgent care vet will address critical emergencies. Ask your vet where the closest 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic is. Call the clinic or browse its website to determine what methods of payment they accept. If you do not have GPS, take a drive there to make sure you know how to get there in an emergency.
Contact Our Veterinarian for Pet Urgent Care
If you live in Denville, Fairfield, or Bergen County, contact Dr. Mitrovic at All Creatures Great and Small Animal Hospital and Urgent Care to schedule a wellness exam or if your pet is experiencing an emergency. We offer urgent and pet emergency overnight care on a case-by-case basis. Although we are not a 24-hour emergency hospital, we will try to help your pet when we can. Call our team today at (973) 625-3641 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.