Articles with emergencies

Are Animal Bites an Emergency?

The short answer is yes, animal bites are an emergency. There is a matter of degree of trauma, of course. But not all wounds might look as serious as they really are. There is also the matter of what species inflicted the wound. Was it a familiar or an unfamiliar dog? Was it a familiar or an unfamiliar cat? Was…

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Are Spider or Snake Bites an Emergency?

Photo whiterussian What kind of snakes or spiders your dog might encounter depends on where you live. Some of the most dangerous species include rattlesnakes, copperheads, and water moccasins. The outcome depends on the amount of venom injected, location, size of the dog … but I would treat any and all of these as an emergency because the sooner your dog…

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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…

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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…

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Is Choking an Emergency?

If your dog is choking, they need help right away. There is no doubt about that. The bottom line, however, is that they need help much faster than you can get them to a vet. You need to perform first aid before seeking veterinary assistance. You need to man up (or is it person up now?) and try and help…

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