What to Do in a Pet Emergency:
If your pet is having an emergency, please stay calm. Your pet will be calmer if you are calm. Please bring your pet to Alabama Emergency & Critical Care as soon as possible when you detect an emergency or directly after a trauma. Please call us if you have ANY questions regarding your pet’s condition. We are here to help you.
- Check with us before giving any home remedies or human medications.
- Keep a file with your pet’s medical history and bring it with you if possible.
- Be a good observer; know when your pet last ate, drank, urinated or defecated.
- Bring a sample of any abnormal stool, vomit, or urine.
- If seizures or fainting occur, time the length of these episodes.
Transporting your pet:
Handle and transport your pet carefully:
- Handle your pet as gently and as little as possible
- If possible, lie your pet on his or her side. If the pet seems to resent this or has more difficulty breathing on its side, leave the pet in a comfortable position of his or her choosing.
- Place your pet in the back seat and, when possible, have someone ride in the back with your pet.
- If your pet cannot walk or is too weak to stand, gently wrap/slide your pet into a blanket, towel, or coat to lift and transport your pet to the car. If you have a small dog or a cat, place your pet in a secure pet carrier.
- If you have assistance, two people should lift your pet into your vehicle and support both the head and rear.
- If your pet is bleeding, apply firm, direct pressure over the bleeding area to control bleeding. Avoid bandages that cut off circulation.
- Wrap large wounds to keep them clean.
- Minimize movement as much as possible.