Knowing when to go to a pet emergency clinic and when to wait can save you a lot of time and money. Dr. Anna Coffin will outline what pet symptoms need immediate care. [Tweet “Knowing when to go to a pet emergency clinic and when to wait can save you a lot of time and money. “]
Dr. Anna Coffin recommends establishing a relationship with your veterinarian prior to any emergency. Ask your veterinarian about their after-hour emergency policy and what pet emergency clinic they recommend, just in case you can’t get ahold of your regular vet. Having a relationship with a veterinarian prior to a pet emergency is helpful because the veterinarian is familiar with your pet. They know what medications and medical conditions your pet already has.
If you aren’t sure if it’s a pet emergency, then call your veterinarian and explain your pet’s symptoms. Many things can be deciphered over the phone and if you have a pet first aid kit, your veterinarian can advise you what to do.
The following symptoms are things that constitute an emergency:
- Seizure, fainting or collapse.
- Eye injury – no matter how mild.
- Vomiting or diarrhea – anything more than two to three times within an hour.
- Allergic reactions such as swelling around the face or hives (most easily seen on the belly).
- Any suspected poisoning including antifreeze, rodent or snail bait or human medication. Cats are especially sensitive to insecticides (such as flea-control medication for dogs) or any petroleum-based product.
- Snake or venomous spider bites.
- Thermal stress – from being either too cold or too hot – even if the pet seems to have recovered (the internal story could be quite different).
- Any wound or laceration that’s open and bleeding or any animal bite. Lacerations that are 2 inches long will need sutures.
- Trauma, such as being hit by a car, even if the pet seems fine (again, the situation could be quite different on the inside).
- Any respiratory problem – chronic coughing, trouble breathing or near drowning.
- Straining to urinate or defecate.
Signs of pain include panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, restlessness, crying out, aggression or loss of appetite.
There are several pet emergency clinics in the state of Oklahoma that are fully staffed at all times and are sometimes better equipped to handle certain emergencies. Many times Dr. Anna Coffin will stabilize the patient and then send them to the pet emergency clinic for ongoing care and observation.
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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.