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Emergency Situations

The following occurrences may indicate a serious medical emergency. Call a veterinarian immediately.

  • Breathing abnormality
  • Active bleeding
  • Bone exposure
  • Puncture to abdomen, chest or neck
  • Watery or bloody discharge
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Poison ingestion
  • Severe burn
  • Suspected burn
  • Bloated or tender abdomen
  • Temperature (rectal) over 105 F or under 99 F
  • Dehydration
  • Abnormal color
  • Collapse

Cars are the number one killer of dogs and cats in the U.S. If your pet has been hit, call a veterinarian immediately even if the animal's vital signs appear good. Remember not to give any pain killers such as aspirin without first taking your pet to the vet. If there is direct bleeding, control it by applying direct pressure to the wound. Your vet will instruct you on the proper transportation. In the meantime, keep the pet warm, quiet and still.

Information source
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary

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