Tag Archives: pet emergency

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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Why the Animal ER is the Right Place in an Emergency

Veterinary professionals treat a dog

I suspect every veterinarian hears this at least once a week, “But I want you to see my pet, not the ER.” Yet sometimes the animal ER is just the place your sick pet needs to be. I get it, I would rather see my regular physician than someone I don’t know in the ER.

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Five Reasons to Go to the Animal ER NOW!

small dog being treated by a vet

Pet families often ask me how they will know when it is time for their pet to go to an animal ER, like The Animal Medical Center’s 24/7 emergency room. This blog lists five things that should make you stop what you are doing and head to the closest animal ER. Acute Collapse or Inability to

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Demystifying General Anesthesia, Part II: General Anesthesia

In my previous blog, I wrote about the steps leading up to general anesthesia designed to minimize anesthetic risk. This blog continues with medications used prior to the anesthetic agent and concludes with recommendations for pet owners. Premedications Successful anesthesia is not just about the main inhaled or injected anesthetic agent. Most times, several drugs

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