Emergency Services from Your Tucson Veterinarian
Knowing how to spot an emergency and what to do about it is important for stabilizing a pet until you can reach an animal hospital. Being informed helps an owner think clearly and get an ailing pet to our Twin Peaks Veterinary Center quickly for evaluation. Our hospital serves animals in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, and the surrounding areas.
Common Pet Emergencies
Some emergencies are very common to Arizona pets. Among the ones our emergency veterinarian sees frequently are these:
• Vomiting with or without diarrhea is common in dogs but less frequent in cats. With an upset stomach, symptoms often disappear within a 24-hour period. Weakness or lethargy, apparent pain, or vomiting with or without diarrhea for more than 24 hours signals the need for immediate care. Wait even less time if your dog has a chronic health issue and vomits. If a cat vomits repeatedly, cannot hold water, vomits odd material, or has been seen eating something it shouldn’t, contact us.
• Trauma might occur from a fall, bite, gunshot wound, or being hit on a road. Traumatized pets should be seen immediately even if they show no signs of significant injury. Most injuries cause some degree of discomfort that a painkilling injection can help relieve.
• Pet collapse could be due to vascular disease, bleeding, heart disease, respiratory issues, or a host of nerve or musculoskeletal problems. It is sometimes due to consuming a toxic substance. Any situation in which a pet falls and cannot get up is an emergency.
• Problems urinating might link to a variety of causes, including a life-threatening blockage.
• Poisoning or ingesting something harmful is possible whenever a dog or a cat eats something they shouldn’t have. Ingesting certain substances can be life-threatening if the pet begins to absorb them through its digestive tract.
• Heatstroke requires immediate care. Dogs and cats cannot sweat. Initially, try to spray the pet with water and point a fan at it. Heatstroke signs include lethargy, panting, weakness, heavy salivation, bright red gums, seizures, and vomiting.
• Snake bites require immediate intervention. Signs include painful puncture wounds that are bleeding, shock, trouble breathing, hypertension, tremors, and lethargy.
Advice from Our Emergency Veterinarian
Pet emergencies require calm owners. Telephoning us right away in the case of even a suspected emergency is the best course of action, according to our emergency veterinarian. The event or illness could be life-threatening.
Confining your pet during peak heat; avoiding areas where snakes are prevalent; and keeping substances such antifreeze, cleaning supplies, human medications, and poisonous plants out of reach will help protect your cat or dog.
Call Our Tucson Veterinarian When You Have a Pet Emergency
Whether your pet undergoes trauma or requires routine services, our Twin Peaks Veterinary Center offers a full suite of veterinary services and skilled, compassionate care. We are an American Animal Hospital Association accredited facility and our services range from wellness and diagnostic care to surgery and state-of-the-art urgent care. Call us at (520) 572-8300 whenever your pet needs urgent care or to schedule an appointment with one of our Tucson veterinarians.