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Emergency Veterinary Services: Common Pet Problems & Solutions
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Welcome to the Emergency Vet Services of St. Charles quick reference page for pet problems. Below is a list of common pet issues, instructions on handling the conditions, and when to bring your pet into Emergency Vet Services. If there are any questions, contact EVS to speak to someone on our medical staff who can better assist you. EVS services the areas of Aurora, Bartlett, Batavia, Burlington, Carol Stream, Elburn, Elgin, Geneva, Genoa, Hampshire, Hanover Park, Lily Lake, Maple Park, St. Charles, Streamwood, Sycamore, Virgil, Wayne, West Chicago, and Winfield.
If the pet vomits once, remove all food and water for 6 to 8 hours to give the stomach a rest. If pet vomiting continues, call the emergency vet to bring in the animal.
Allow the pet water only, no food, for a period of 6 to 8 hours. After this time period, offer a bland diet in small amounts. A bland diet includes foods like boiled rice or strained meat baby food. If the pet does not respond to this treatment or if the diarrhea worsens, call the emergency pet hospital to bring the animal in for treatment.
- Toenail Clipped Too Short & Bleeding
To stop the bleeding, hold "Quick Stop" on the nail for ten minutes. Wait until the ten minutes have elapsed to check if the bleeding has stopped, since checking during the ten minutes may reduce the effectiveness of the product. "Quick Stop" is available in pet stores, but if none is on hand, corn starch is a good substitute and is applied in the same manner.
- Lameness or Holding Paw Up
In the event a pet is holding their paw up off the ground, make the animal rest for a 1 hour period. If the lameness is still evident after an hour, bring the animal in to the emergency vet.
- Toxic Ingestion
Certain medications (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Marijuana), foods (chocolate, garlic, onions, coffee beans, salt), plants, and other toxins like anti-freeze are extremely toxic to animals. Pet owners should call the emergency pet hospital immediately since treatment will vary depending on the product that was eaten.
- Allergic Reaction
Allergic reactions can vary from swelling around the eyes, reddened skin and puffy lips to more serious reactions, such as vomiting, labored breathing and weakness. If you are concerned that your pet is having an allergic reaction, contact the emergency nearest you right away.
- Skunk Sprayed Animal
The best method for handling an animal that has been sprayed by a skunk is to give them a bath using a solution of baking soda, peroxide and liquid dish soap. Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of strong liquid soap together and wash the animal with this solution.
- Distended Abdomen
For any swelling or visible increase in the size of an animal's abdomen, call the emergency vet immediately.
The Emergency Vet Services of St. Charles is dedicated to helping injured and sick pets. If your pet is experiencing an emergency that requires immediate attention, please do not hesitate to contact our practice right away.
We welcome your pet! Call us at 630-584-7447 with any questions!