Emergency Vet Care
When emergency strikes, you don't always have time to think. That's why it's important to know ahead of time where to take your pet in the event of an accident or other medical emergency. For pet owners in Reynoldsburg, OH, or the surrounding areas, Hillview Veterinary Clinic is ready to assist you.
When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention for Your Pet
If your pet has been in any kind of alarming accident (in a car, fighting with a neighbor animal, etc.), you probably know that you should take them to the vet to get checked out. However, there are situations where seeking emergency care might not be obvious. If you notice any of the following, it's time to take your pet to a vet hospital:
- Holding a foot up and off the ground
- Eye injuries (scratched eye, oozing, a sudden change in color, etc.)
- Whining, whimpering, or otherwise acting in distress
- Scratching or licking repeatedly at the same area of their body
- Passing out
- Abnormal bowel movements (including constipation)
- Suspected poisoning
- Wheezing or other signs of difficulty breathing
At the end of the day, you know your pet best. If you notice any behavior that is out of the ordinary for them or could be a sign of distress, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Stay Calm to Help Your Pet
In addition to taking your pet to the vet hospital promptly, one of the best things you can do to help your pet in an emergency is staying calm. Animals tend to be very responsive to their owners’ emotions and actions, and they may get overly stressed or worked up (which can make their situation worse) if they sense your distress. You can call our staff at Hillview Veterinary Clinic at any time for further advice, or if you just need someone to talk you through a veterinary emergency and help you make the right decisions.
Emergency Veterinarian in Reynoldsburg
Time is often the biggest factor in any emergency. Even if your pet's injury does not seem severe, bring them to an emergency veterinarian right away just to be sure. Waiting too long can result in worsening injuries, complications, and possibly death. For more information on emergency veterinary care or to schedule an appointment with our emergency veterinarian, call Hillview Veterinary Clinic at (614) 866-2290.