Most wounds are inflicted by other animals, but may also be caused by various sharp objects. The wounds will need to be clipped of hair and cleaned of any foreign debris that may have entered the wound. Treatment may require sedation or surgical anesthesia, depending on the severity and extent of the injuries. The sooner the wounds are cleaned and flushed, the less likely the chance of infection or abscess. Transport to the nearest emergency clinic.
Most are commonly caused by insect stings or bites, but can also be caused by vaccinations or even certain foods or medications. Dogs are more commonly affected than cats. The most common reactions are facial swelling and hives, with severe itching and redness of the skin. More severe, anaphylactic reactions may also include vomiting, collapse, pale gums and labored breathing. The pet may also defecate and urinate. These should be treated immediately at an emergency clinic. Transport to the nearest emergency clinic.
This is most commonly noted in cats, especially male cats, and is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate treatment. Urinary obstruction in dogs is commonly caused by bladder stones. Cats often have urinary tract infections and mucous-crystalline plugs of sediment that block the urethra. These problems require emergency treatment and can lead to kidney failure and death. Transport to the nearest emergency clinic.
Many items around the house are toxic to pets, including cleaning products, prescribed medications, garbage, plants and household insecticides. If the toxin is known, bring the package to the clinic. Call the clinic prior to the visit and have the active ingredient, time of exposure, weight of the animal and information about whether or not the pet has already vomited available on request. It may be necessary to induce vomiting prior to transporting to the nearest emergency clinic.