When the unexpected happens, you want a veterinarian who can be there. That’s why here at the BAC we have partnered with other Summit County vets to provide an emergency network for after-hours emergency care. This way you can be sure that any time of any day, you and your pet will be covered.
Call our regular clinic line any time of day and you’ll automatically be transferred to a qualified vet on-call who can assist with your emergency.
What Should I Do if My Dog Needs Emergency Care?
Dogs who are severely injured may act aggressively toward their pet parents, so it’s important to first protect yourself from injury. Approach your dog slowly and calmly; kneel down and say his name. If the dog shows aggression, call for help. If he’s passive, fashion a makeshift stretcher and gently lift him onto it. Take care to support his neck and back in case he’s suffered any spinal injuries.
Once you feel confident and safe transporting your dog, immediately bring him to an emergency care facility. It’s also a smart idea to ask someone—a friend or family member—to call the clinic, so the staff expects you and your dog.
What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?
Most emergencies require immediate veterinary care, but first aid methods may help you stabilize your pet for transportation.
- If your dog is suffering from external bleeding due to trauma, try elevating and applying pressure to the wound.
- If your dog is choking, place your fingers in his mouth to see if you can remove the blockage.
- If you’re unable to remove the foreign object, perform a modified Heimlich maneuver by giving a sharp rap, which should dislodge the object, to his chest.
Should I Perform CPR on My Dog?
CPR may be necessary if you remove the object your dog is choking on, but he is still unconscious. First check to see if he’s breathing. If not, place him on his side and perform artificial respiration by extending his head and neck, holding his jaws closed and blowing into his nostrils once every three seconds. (Ensure no air escapes between your mouth and the dog’s nose.) If you don’t feel a heartbeat, incorporate cardiac massage while administering artificial respiration—three quick, firm chest compressions for every respiration—until your dog resumes breathing on his own.
What Should I Do If My Dog Eats Something Poisonous?
If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet, what and how much he ate, and then make a recommendation—such as whether to induce vomiting—based on their assessment.