Emergencies

Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

by Dr. Jennifer Coates How can you tell whether your dog’s injury or illness calls for an emergency veterinary visit? Dogs seem to get sick or injured at the worst possible times.  Of course this is not their fault, but nonetheless, it does often put owners in the position of having to decide whether an after-hours visit to the veterinarian…

Continue reading …

Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs: Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs: Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Jake is a senior Labrador Retriever, and his story starts with an emergency veterinary visit. The poor boy was rushed to the clinic blue and suffocating. Jake has laryngeal paralysis–these days recategorized as geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy (GOLPP). It was thought that laryngeal paralysis was just that–paralysis of the voice box (larynx). The larynx is the organ that controls…

Continue reading …

Are Bug Stings an Emergency?

Our guys got their share of bee stings. While painful and distressing, most bug stings indeed are not an emergency. Because the hornet stung Cookie on the face, we kept the key in the ignition and watched carefully. I gave Benadryl immediately and the swelling started going down in a couple of hours. If it got any worse, we’d gone…

Continue reading …

Is Pressing Head into Corners an Emergency?

Ok, I  concede this sounds quite weird and more like a trick question than something that could be an emergency situation. Surely this sounds harmless enough? Not so fast. Head pressing indicates damage to the nervous system. The potential causes you’re looking at are damage to the forebrain and thalamus, brain inflammation, stroke,  brain tumor, an infection of the nervous…

Continue reading …