Last month I wrote about emergency situations requiring a veterinarians’ care. This month I want to give you the reminder of Shock — this is a life threatening emergency. Shock can be due to injury, infection, poisoning and trauma. Cats are particularly susceptible to shock.
- Respiratory distress – this could be caused by choking on an object, asthma, or other conditions.
- Inability to walk – This can be due to a spinal or neurological problem.
- Bloat – If you suspect bloat run don’t walk to your vets (or to the nearest emergency vet)! If your pet is at a high risk for bloat, talk to your vet before there is a problem and learn what actions you can take.
- Unconscious – Even if your animal regains consciousness, they still need to be seen by your vet.
If your animal experiences any of the conditions listed, you need to get them to the vet immediately.
However, I want to reiterate what I said in last month’s column. Just because your fur kid may not be exhibiting one of the symptoms above (or one of the symptoms listed in last month’s column) does not mean you should ignore any other signs or symptoms you notice. If you feel something just doesn’t seem right with Fido or Fluffy, you need to take them to the vet. Listen to that nagging little (or big!) voice in your head and make that appointment with your vet.
Jan is the Owner of and is a Pet Tech Pet First Aid Instructor.