Dogs, cats, birds, and exotic animals as well can have urgent and life threatening medical conditions. The following first aid will help you prepare for a crisis before arriving at your veterinarian’s clinic or the LIVS emergency department.
1. Have your pet’s veterinarian’s office number handy.
a. Know their hours of operation and instructions for what to do in any emergency
2. When the regular veterinarian’s clinic is closed or they have recommended you visit the ER, call LIVS at 516-501-1700 or come right over. No appointment is necessary.
Early intervention is critical to help prevent the toxic effects of a specific poison to which your pet may have been exposed. See our Resources page for poison control hotlines.(hyperlink this to Resources page) Emergency services should be sought immediately if you think your pet was exposed to a toxic substance!
Common Emergencies Requiring Urgent Medical Attention:
Pets exhibiting any of the following symptoms should be brought to their veterinarian immediately if during regular business hours, or LIVS during the evenings, weekends or holidays.
- Bloody diarrhea
- Choking, difficulty breathing, respiratory distress
- Diabetic insulin crisis
- Distended belly
- Pregnant – straining for 2 hours without giving birth
- Straining to urinate or defecate
- Trauma, hit by car, fight, laceration
- Uncontrolled bleeding