Common Pet Injuries Explained by Urgent Pet Care
If you live with a very active pet, you know that accidents can sometimes happen. Whether it’s a minor fall or a major event, it’s important to note the signs and symptoms that warrant a trip to Urgent Pet Care. If you live in the Papillion or Omaha area and have a pet with a pet injury, contact us to schedule an appointment or to learn about some of the most common accidents and injuries.
Foreign Body Ingestion
Dogs and puppies are notorious for chewing on anything they can get in their mouths. This can pose a life-threatening condition if they accidentally ingest something that is harmful or if it causes an obstruction within the intestines. Dogs who have swallowed a foreign object will begin to vomit and can’t keep anything down. This can lead to dehydration.
Like toys and other foreign bodies, pets sometimes get ahold of medications, plants, and chemicals that are left within reach. Some medications and sprays are toxic to pets, so urgent care is strongly recommended to avoid toxicity.
Pets can suffer from eye trauma easily when running through brush, playing with other pets or retrieving thrown objects. You may notice your pet scratching or running at their eyes, blinking repeatedly or the eye may be inflamed and swollen shut. Immediate attention is needed in order to maintain their healthy vision.
Heat stroke is most often seen in short-faced breeds, the elderly and overweight pets. In hot weather, it only takes minutes for your pet to suffer from heat stroke and start displaying signs of distress. If your pet is panting excessively and seems lethargic, you may need to get them to urgent care immediately.
A bone fracture can happen as a result of falls, playing too hard or even sliding on solid floors. If your pet is favoring one of their limbs, refuses to stand or is suffering from any type of paralysis, urgent care is needed immediately to diagnose and treat the problems.
Nail care is required for all pets, so it’s important to keep them trimmed to avoid tears and breakage. A broken nail will bleed heavily and a trip to the vet is likely.
Introducing a new pet into the household can sometimes result in fights and injuries. Also, it’s not uncommon for a strange animal to wander in your yard and cause a fight. When this happens bites can occur. These injuries should be checked out immediately to determine the seriousness and to prevent infection.