Why You Should Call Your Vet Before Arriving
During an emergency, it is hard to stay calm and remember what you’re supposed to do. At Kindred Pet Hospital we are here to help both you and your pet. Our veterinarian provides compassionate animal care in the Richmond area.
What is an Emergency?
Deciding the seriousness of a pet’s condition is the first step. You need to determine whether an illness or injury can wait until a veterinarian’s office opens, or if an emergency vet is needed. If you call ahead, the staff member will ask and answer some questions to help you decide the best approach to your pet’s medical condition.
Do not ignore risky symptoms, such as:
- Continuous vomiting and diarrhea
- Bloody vomit or stool
- Pet not drinking water
- Traumatic accident or an attack by another animal
- Swallowed a foreign body
- Problems breathing
- Severe abdominal bloating
- High fever
Many times emergencies happen during hours when your pet’s regular veterinarian’s office is not open. Animal hospitals have staff that works during non-business hours. It is a good idea to ask your regular veterinarian for a recommended off-hours contact number and what procedures would be appropriate in an emergency scenario. In many cases, veterinary practices perform both scheduled procedures and have emergency services.
What an Emergency Veterinarian Needs to Know
Regardless of an emergency pet clinic’s hours, when you call ahead it gives the emergency pet care team some time to prepare for arrival. The veterinarian will walk you through any steps you may need to take before your arrival. It is best practice to call ahead and explain the problem, any relevant medical history, and the progression of symptoms.
Do not panic if the emergency vet takes your pet in the back without you. We will advise you about any changes in his or her condition as the emergency unfolds.
Kindred Care Pet Hospital in Richmond, TX
Dr. Fidelis and our veterinary team are here to help during pet emergencies. At Kindred Care Pet Hospital we strive to answer all questions compassionately and offer a wide range of services to get you and your pet through a medical crisis. Don’t hesitate to call us at 281-265-0009 with your concerns about your furry friends.