As the years pass, our pets' bodies change. Their metabolism slows down, their immune system becomes less robust, and they might not be as physically active as they used to be. These changes can make them more vulnerable to diseases and conditions that they might have easily overcome in their younger years.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reminds pet parents to be aware of gastrointestinal emergencies and toxins this summer. Recognizing them can save your pet’s life. It can even help you create a safe haven for your pet during the hot months.
No pet parent wants to deal with an emergency with their furry friend. Unfortunately, accidents and emergencies happen, regardless of all the precautions you take. Knowledge of basic first aid can mean the difference between life and death.
First aid can save your pet’s life in an emergency. If your pet stops breathing, is choking, or suffers an injury, first aid can reduce pain and suffering. However, your actions should not be a substitute for getting veterinary care.
When it comes to urgent and emergent dental care, we have three primary goals 1) Managing Pain 2) Preventing, Treating, or Controlling Infection, and 3) Stabilizing any trauma until it can be surgically managed by a primary care veterinarian or boarded veterinary dental specialist. There are some surgical issues that can be dealt with entirely at the ER, but more commonly they require additional or more in depth care.