Category Archives: Emergency

High Rise Syndrome in Dogs and Cats

A cat leaning out of a window

Some diseases occur worldwide, as we’ve learned all too well from the COVID-19 pandemic. But many diseases occur in specific geographic locations or are restricted to certain populations of humans and animals. For example, Valley Fever or coccidioidomycosis, a fungal infection that can affect dogs and people, occurs predominantly in the southwestern United States due

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AMC’s Emergency Room Fast-Track Improves Wait Time and Client Satisfaction: A Recent Publication from AMC’s Emergency Department

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The World’s Busiest Veterinary Emergency Room As the world’s largest non-profit hospital, located in the heart of bustling New York City, the AMC’s Emergency Room is one of the busiest veterinary emergency rooms in the country. And though we’re dedicated to compassionate care, the animal ER is often the last place pet owners want to

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National Poison Prevention Week: Protect Your Pet

A veterinary team with a dog

The third week of March is National Poison Prevention Week. According to Dr. Tina Wismer, board-certified Veterinary Toxicologist and Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, most poisoning in pets happens accidentally. Dr. Wismer was recently my guest on my radio show, “Ask the Vet,” available as a podcast and on Sirius XM

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How to Move a Sick or Injured Pet in an Emergency 

If your pet is ever injured and unable to walk, transporting them to your veterinarian’s office can be a challenge. Injured humans simply call the ambulance. But when your pet is injured, you become the EMT and the ambulance driver. In situations like this, some creativity will be required to quickly identify a transport mechanism.

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Should I learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for pets?

A veterinary professional with a dog

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency first-aid technique that sustains blood flow to the brain and heart in the event of cardiac arrest. Many Good Samaritans will learn this technique as part of a first aid course in hopes of saving a life in the event of an emergency. But what about pets? Should we

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