Posts in Category: Pet Emergencies & First Aid
Many dogs will live their entire lives without experiencing a “reverse sneeze”, while other pups will make the signature honking, wheezy snorting sounds from time to time. If you’ve never heard your dog do this, you may wonder if you’ve got a real emergency on your hands (it’s that jarring). But before you know it, your dog stops the alarming sounds and goes about their business.
Knowing what’s going on during a reverse sneeze (also known as paroxysmal respiration) can save you a lot of worrying and expense!
Up the Nose
A normal sneeze is triggered by an irritant in the nasal passages. By forcing air out through the nose, dogs clear up any triggers. However, during a reverse sneeze, air is pulled in through the nose quite rapidly. A strange dog behavior for sure, they will stand still, extend the neck, and make snorting or honking noises.
Pet emergencies happen, and it is nice to know that The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are there for you. Some urgent pet problems are more serious than others, and it is important to understand those that cannot wait.
Some of these, like a pet who has been hit by a car, are pretty obvious. Others are a little less in your face. In particular, suspected bloat in dogs is one of those do-not-pass-go situations that requires a vet visit yesterday and is one that every pet owner should know about.Continue…
No pet owner ever hopes for a chance to use their lifesaving skills, but in the case of a nightmarish pet emergency, knowing if a pet needs CPR – and being able to administer it – can make all the difference. This relatively simple course of action can buy time before you can get to our hospital, and improves their chances of recovery and survival. Ready to learn?
Check the Signs
Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an animal with a heartbeat can be extremely detrimental and even fatal. Pet CPR should only be used when there’s no breathing and no pulse.
The femoral artery in the hind leg (toward the abdomen) is an ideal place to check for a pulse. Also, place an ear directly on the heart, or feel the paw for any signs of a heartbeat.Continue…
Most people accept the fact that terrible things can happen, but assume it’s more probable that they won’t. Sure, there are those that operate from a point of fear, but plenty of pet owners – not unlike their pets – live in and embrace the moment. Wherever you stand on the issue, the fact remains that having a plan for your pet during a disaster is better than the alternative. The good news? The Pet Experts have a few suggestions to get you going.
Illinois doesn’t rank very high on the list of states with the most potential for natural disasters, but we are very high on the list of states that are prepared to handle them. Tornadoes, flooding, blizzards, and fires are no strangers in this part of the country, increasing the importance of disaster preparedness. Continue…
It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but pet microchips have been around for more than two decades. Statistics show that dogs and cats with chips are reunited with their owners 52% and 38% of the time, respectively. The likelihood of an animal going home that is not microchipped is much, much smaller. Because the Pet Experts believe in the power of pet microchips, we offer them for free at your pet’s first wellness exam.
Not a Replacement
Pet microchips are never a replacement for collars and tags. Rather, they act as a supplemental insurance against permanent separation.
Encased in biocompatible glass or polymer, pet microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and simply comprised of a capacitor, antenna, and connecting wire. They do not contain a battery and do not use GPS to show location. Continue…
There are exactly zero pet owners out there who shrug off unforeseen, yet repetitive, vomiting episodes (with or without diarrhea). To be sure, it’s alarming when an animal shows acute signs of sickness, but rushing to the ER every time your pet hacks something up may not always be the right approach. The Pet Experts present: when to wait and see if tummy troubles improve vs. when to accept that a real pet emergency is looming…
It is a terrible feeling to be caught wondering whether you need to bring your pet in for immediate or emergency care, or if the problem can wait until normal business hours. When in doubt, always call us so we can advise you on the best course of action for your pet. Come in or call during regular business hours, or phone our emergency on-call Veterinarian after business hours.
It never hurts to be educated, though, especially when it comes to pet emergencies and what symptoms are the most serious.
What is a Pet Emergency?
Some things always need attention immediately. This does not mean the situation is life-threatening, but rather that it may be serious and should be evaluated by a veterinarian without delay so that any necessary actions can be taken. The following always should be seen as soon as possible and should not wait: Continue…
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