Fewer things are scarier for pet owners (and their pets) than sudden, emergency needs. Whether your pet is a newborn or has been by your side for years, it’s always an emotional experience, especially knowing your pet is scared or in pain. That’s why it’s important to remember a few pieces of advice from emergency vets when unforeseen issues come up.
For 20 years, Beech Lake Animal Hospital has helped Lexington residents give their pets the quality, compassionate veterinarian care they deserve. We’re proud to give you peace of mind when your pet experiences a health emergency, and provide a range of services to help them heal as quickly as possible.
But there are a few things to remember so that if your pet does experience an unfortunate issue, you can ensure they get the help they need immediately.
Tip #1: Don’t wait
This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s important to mention, as some pet owners’ first instinct is to take a wait-and-see approach; some pets are known for being a bit more vocal than others. And, while that’s just part of some pets’ personalities, it’s essential that you look for any unusual behavior from your pet.
When people think ‘pet emergency,’ they think of accidents, like broken limbs and other apparent injuries. But many times, pets’ pain may be internal and come seemingly from nowhere. If you notice your pet being extra lethargic, vocal, or trying to get your attention and that attention does not quell their calls, it’s probably time to bring them in to see us.
Keep an eye out for these signs:
- Pale or white gums
- Quick and short breaths
- Rapid pulse
- Body temperature fluctuations
Tip #2: Keep them comfortable
No matter your reason for bringing your pet in to receive emergency vet services, it’s important that you do all you can to help keep them comfortable on the ride over. We understand that this has varying levels of difficulty depending on your pet’s condition, but anything you can do to help keep them calmer and more comfortable can be a huge benefit in their overall care.
If your pet has a favorite toy, blanket, or other item, be sure to bring that with you and keep it by their side until they’re in our care. Even something as simple as holding their paw or petting them can help them during the difficult journey.
Tip #3: Prepare for next steps
One of the most difficult parts of taking your pet to an emergency vet is placing them in someone else's care. Even though you know it’s what they need, trusting anyone else with your pet’s health is a big (and often emotional) step to take. Just remember that you’re doing the right thing for your pet and their health. And the sooner we begin treating their complication, the sooner we can get them back into your care to enjoy the life they deserve.
Whether your pet needs immediate care for an injured limb, internal issues, or exploratory procedures, you can be sure that Beech Lake Animal Hospital has the experience, knowledge, and compassion to help ensure your pet receives the best treatment available in the Lexington area.
Want to make sure your pet is in excellent shape well before an emergency pops up? Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today.