Since warmer weather has started to creep out from behind the clouds, we all will be coming out of hibernation to enjoy it. Unfortunately, with better temperatures comes greater risk for Fluffy.
Here is just a short list of things that have an increased chance of happening in the warmer months. Of course, if you are ever concerned about your pet, don’t hesitate to call your local twenty four hour animal hospital to find out what move you should make next.
Hit by a car
If your pet has been hit by a car, bring them right away. This is also true for any kind of serious trauma that can happen. You need to take extra caution when approaching your pet after the trauma occurred. Immediately after they can be confused or in pain and this may cause them to be fractious and bite you. Even the nicest dogs and cats have been known to do this.
Even if your pet seems to be okay, you don’t know what has happened inside of your pet’s body so some diagnostics such as x-rays are definitely needed to make sure there were no internal injuries. While a radiograph or another type of imaging is definitely warranted, they may not always show what is truly going on internally. It is possibly that signs of an internal injury may not show up until hours after the incident has occurred. So if you do end up taking Fluffy home for the night, he needs to be closely monitored and rechecked right away if any other abnormality is recognized.
If it’s too hot out for you, it’s probably too hot out for your pet. All you need to know to avoid heat exhaustion in your pet is to use common sense. Only let them outside to use the bathroom. Always make sure there is plenty of water available for them to drink. Do not leave them in your car while you run errands. You can check your pet’s body temperature at home rectally if you have a thermometer available. A normal temperature in a dog or cat ranges anywhere from 99.0°F to 102.5°F.
You should be even more wary of hyperthermia if you have a flat faced breed, a small breed, and geriatric-aged dogs. If you do decide to take your pet on a quick walk or a car ride on a hot day and later they appear restless, panting relentlessly, start having diarrhea, or just generally not acting like themselves, bring them in right away.
A laceration or open wound created from another dog, or any other animal for that matter, has a greater chance to get infected. That tooth or claw has so much bacteria on it which is then introduced into the wound when it is made. Even if it looks minor, your best bet is to just get it cleaned and have your pet put on some antibiotics just in case. Also, if Fluffy is only a small dog (10 lbs or less) and was attacked by a much larger breed there is the possibility that much worse injuries could have occurred. Similar to when a dog gets hit by a car, it is always warranted to get further testing done to make sure all of your pets’ insides are ok.
If you think your pet is having even the slightest bit of trouble breathing, just bring them in. Respiratory issues are not something you want to mess around with. When they are severe enough, time can run out pretty quickly. Respiratory distress can be caused by several things as well. Causes can range from a viral or bacterial infection, asthma, laryngeal paralysis, and even congestive heart failure. Check out their gum color. Is it blue? Then do not wait another second!
First, if your pet has ingested absolutely anything out of the ordinary, call a veterinarian. Even if you think what your pet ate is non-toxic, still call just to be 100% sure. If it truly is something toxic, a lot of times a drug can be given to make your pet vomit up the toxic substance. Far too many times I’ve seen week long Tylenol or pain medication toxicity cases come in because the owners didn’t ask what they could give their dog to help its limping leg. Not to mention all the anti-coagulant rodenticide toxicity cases after it’s too late and your pet has bled out in the ER. Even when it comes to things such as sewing needles, chicken bones, or a piece of toy they decided was appetizing, just give us a call. We will help you.
Stay Healthy Together
Hopefully this helps you to care for your pet for years to come, keep them a healthy member of your family!
Jessica Rozak works at an emergency care facility as a CVT in Illinois.