Articles with emergencies

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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Is Coughing an Emergency?

Finally, here is one where I can agree with what the readers seem to believe. While I do see a vet if my dog is coughing persistently, most of the time it doesn’t need immediate medical attention. Though, me being me, depending on the situation I might see a vet the same day or early the next. Particularly if a…

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Is an Unresponsive Dog an Emergency?

I suppose I should leave some room for people interpreting unresponsive as disobedient? Otherwise, I cannot understand how this one didn’t get 100% people agreeing on it being an emergency. If a dog so unwell that they are not responding isn’t an emergency, what is? If a dog is ill enough to be unresponsive, it is absolutely a huge emergency.…

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