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Posted on 11-11-2011

Berkeley veterinarian helps with pet emergencies.jpgAt University Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarian focuses on pet wellcare so you and your animal companions can have a long and healthy time together. However, 92% of all pets will experience some type of pet emergency. One of the most common animal veterinary emergencies we see at our Berkeley pet hospital is when a cat or dog swallows some type of foreign object or poison. Call us if you see this happen or notice a difference in your pet's behavior so we can advise you on whether to induce vomiting or bring your pet in immediately. If the object becomes an obstruction, animal surgery may be required.

Another pet emergency is broken bones, usually from a car accident or fall. Be careful as your pet may bite anyone trying to help out of pain or fear. Use a stretcher to transport your pet to the animal hospital so our veterinarian can take X-rays, set the bone, and apply a splint.

Other pets may suffer from gastric torsion, or bloating, which can happen after eating and then over-engaging in exercise. If your pet appears to be bloated and is trying to vomit unsuccessfully, it needs to be brought in for treatment as quickly as possible.

When to Bring Your Pet to the Pet Hospital

The best treatment for pet emergencies is avoiding them altogether. Provide safe toys, lock poisons away, cover your trash tightly, keep your pet safely secured, and remember that animals cannot eat the same foods as we do. Some signs that your pet may require immediate care at our pet hospital include uncontrollable bleeding, difficulty breathing, severe pain, seizures, collapse, non-responsiveness, prolonged vomiting, abnormal bowel movements, swallowed poison, or accident trauma.

An emergency can be a traumatic time for you and your pet. That's why University Veterinary Hospital makes "Compassionate Care, Our Lifetime Commitment." Emergencies are accepted any time we're open. If possible, please call 510-982-0766 so we can advise you on specific actions to take.  After hours, Sundays, or holidays, call PETS Emergency, at 510-548-6684.

What tips do you have that keep your pets safe?

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