No one wants to have to deal with an emergency situation with their pet but at one point or another it happens to most pet owners. These five tips will help you determine if you pets needs emergency care like the care that can be provided by the Banning Veterinary Hospital or if they can wait for a visit to their vet.

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  1. Temperature- just like humans animals have optimal temperatures that they operate under. This means that if your pet feels excessively hot, panting or having trouble getting their breath, they may have a fever. Sometimes this is a result of a pet getting overheated which may not be that big of an issue. In other cases however it is the result of an illness that your pet is fighting off. If your pet is excessively hot it can cause damage to internal organs and dogs systems, so emergency care may be necessary.  Fevers over 105° fahrenheit are dangerous to cats.
  2. Vomiting-vomiting should be assessed in light of other symptoms.  A dog or cat that vomits bile or food, but is very happy and willing to eat or drink without more vomiting may not need medical attention.  Animals that continue to vomit will become dehydrated.  If vomiting persists more than one day, see your veterinarian.  If vomit contains blood or is happening hourly or more, see our veterinarian that day.
  3. Loss of Color in Nose and Gums- pale mucous membranes are a sign of blood loss somewhere in the body. This is especially important to keep in mind if your pet has experienced an injury at some point. If they fell, were dropped, had something land on them, were hit by a car, or any other bodily injury and their gums and nose are losing color take them to an emergency center immediately.  There are several other reasons to lose blood and all of them are reasons for immediate medical attention.39691665_l
  4. Blood in Urine-blood in urine is never normal.  Animals with blood in urine should always get a urinalysis to check or urinary tract infection, bladder crystals or other diseases.
  5. Blood in Stool – red blood in stool comes from the large intestines.  It is usually present in small amounts and, although it may need treatment, it is not an emergency in most dogs that still act happy and are eating and drinking.  Stool that is jet black indicates bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract and is always important.  You should see your veterinarian soon.  Remember that stool on the ground in sunlight may turn dark or even black, but if chopped in half is not black through and through.
  6. Obvious Injuries – animals hit by a car, fight wounds, lacerations and broken bones should be seen as soon as you can to the clinic.  Dealing with old wounds can cost hundreds of dollars more than fresh wounds.
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