Veterinary Service for Pets

Emergency Pet Care: A Mark Of Superior Veterinary Service

Thanks to advances in veterinary health care using medicine, preventive care and a nutritional approach, dogs and cats now can be expected to live longer, healthier lives. However, as we all know, life happens even to our precious companion pets.

A stubborn bout with uncontrollable loose bowels, vomiting or even a dog fight, or cat fight, is enough to send us in a search for emergency pet care–as soon as possible. Unfortunately, in many regions, it is not always available.

Taking Emergency Veterinary Service (EVS) To the Next Level

Around the clock pet care offered at many fine animal hospitals, such as the Veterinary Referral Center (VRC) in Malvern, PA, now provide an extra layer of protective care when we and our pets need them the most.

Providing walk-in attention for emergencies and pets requiring critical care, many such centers have partnered together with other pet facilities in sharing the best of practices and methodologies, engage the latest new technologies and participate in high standard clinical studies to ensure the quality results that you and your pet need.

Full Service Teams

Typically, these fine centers of emergency animal care offer cutting-edge veterinary technology provided through dedicated, professionally trained team members such as the veterinarian, veterinary assistant, pet workers and office staff as well.

Permanently staffed doctors and support staff can be found at these centers, not only 24/7, but 365 days a year as well.

What Makes Up A Superior EVS Unit?

  1. A fully staffed EVS facility with a department head just like you would have at a people’s ER unit in any normal hospital setting.
  2. Around the clock accessibility for all pet patients.
  3. Full service laboratory.
  4. Venous/arterial blood gas monitoring.
  5. Telemetric ECG, blood pressure, arterial blood pressure monitoring and central venous blood pressure monitoring.
  6. Advanced anesthesia monitoring.
  7. Mechanical ventilation.
  8. Diagnostic facility for endoscopy, bronchoscopy and thorascopic lung biopsy procedures.
  9. Diagnostic imaging: ultrasound, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) and digital X-ray.

Center Accreditation

Incredibly, only 12 to 15 percent of the animal hospitals in the United States are officially accredited by professional accrediting agencies in veterinary medicine. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is one such distinguished organization set up to hold veterinary practices to the highest standards of excellence in animal care. As such, this should be a strong deciding factor for families and individuals looking for superior pet care.

Common Pet Symptoms That May Require Emergency Treatment

If your pet is experiencing any of the following, call the EVS unit as soon as possible. The following symptoms may be life threatening in many cases.

  • Vomiting
  • Loose bowels
  • Bite wounds
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Limping and/or lameness
  • Bumping into things
  • Stomach bloating
  • Bloody vomiting or diarrhea
  • Heat stroke or dehydration
  • Loss of balance
  • Restlessness
  • Biting at imaginary “flies”
  • Paralysis
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of consciousness and/or heavy panting

What To Do When You Don’t Have Emergency Care Access

Let’s face it. Not every community has a fully dedicated 24/7 emergency pet care facility. So, what do you do if faced with an emergency situation? Think preventive, preemptive strategies!

1- Consult with your preferred family pet veterinarian as to his contingency plan for emergencies. He or she may not have one in place, or they may have a referral service to another facility that does.

2- Either way, pre-program your phone’s contact address book, and make sure you keep the phone number, address and name of the facility at hand. Better yet, have several such numbers in case one facility is not available. Make it a family event, and pack the kids into the car. Take a trip out to the facility, and give it a walk-thru for your approval and theirs.

What To Do When An Emergency Suddenly Arises

Even with immediate access to the facility, it’s a good practice to call ahead to notify them of what they can expect on your arrival with Rover.

  • Plan on a method of transportation to the facility if the center does not have a mobile transport service.
  • Stay calm as pets often feed off our emotions. Even the gentlest of pets can become aggressive when pain is a factor.
  • If your pet bites, wrap a necktie or muzzle around the snout. You can also put a towel over its head, but be careful not to impair its breathing. However, if the animal is panting or vomiting, don’t close the muzzle.
  • As anesthesia may be required on its arrival at the facility, refrain from giving your pet anything to eat or drink. If possible, gently wrap or place your pet into a coat or blanket, and place it in the rear seat with another person sitting beside it to give additional support and comfort.

Dog/Cat First Aid Treatments

External bleeding due to some trauma requires elevating the wound and applying some pressure to it with a cloth, bandage or towel if need be.

If choking occurs, place your fingers in his mouth to remove the blockage, but remember to watch out for bites. If the object is not removed, then try performing a modified Heimlich maneuver by giving your pet a sharp rap on the chest to dislodge the obstruction.

In some instances, application of CPR might be advisable if the lodged object is removed, but the dog/cat is still unconscious.

If unconscious, place him on his side. Extend the head and neck while you hold the jaws closed. Next, blow into the nostrils every three seconds. If no heartbeat is detected, apply cardiac massage while applying artificial respiration.

Howbeit, considering the state of both the pet owner and the pet, a fast emergency trip to your veterinarian is much in order here and preferable–even when the pet begins breathing.

Quality emergency pet care provided at specialty centers is quickly becoming one of many options available to pet owners who want their loving pets living out their full life span in good health. Armed with the latest technology and treatment protocols available, EVS units work together with your preferred family veterinarian to quickly and accurately evaluate your pet’s medical condition and prescribe the safest, most effective treatment protocols available.

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