What To Do In An Emergency

What should you do in an Emergency

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.

  1. Check with us before giving any home remedies or human medications.
  2. Keep a file with your pet’s medical history and bring it with you if possible.
  3. Be a good observer; know when your pet last ate, drank, urinated or defecated.
  4. Bring a sample of any abnormal stool, vomit, or urine.
  5. If seizures or fainting occur, time the length of these episodes.

Transporting your pet:

Handle and transport your pet carefully:

  1. Handle your pet as gently and as little as possible
  2. 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.
  3. Place your pet in the back seat and, when possible, have someone ride in the back with your pet.
  4. 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.
  5. If you have assistance, two people should lift your pet into your vehicle and support both the head and rear.

First Aid:

  1. If your pet is bleeding, apply firm, direct pressure over the bleeding area to control bleeding.  Avoid bandages that cut off circulation.
  2. Wrap large wounds to keep them clean.
  3. Minimize movement as much as possible.