My pet seems painful, is there anything I can give him/her from home?

NO. Many human pain medications are toxic to dogs and cats. A veterinarian can examine your pet to determine the location and probable cause of the pain. Many diseases can cause your pet to seem painful but not all can be treated with pain medications alone. If you are concerned, please give us a call or come in for an evaluation of your pet.

How can I tell if my pet is having difficulty breathing?

If your pet appears distressed, is stretching out their neck, or is reluctant to lay down, this may be due to difficulty breathing. To take a respiratory rate on your pet, count how many breathes she takes in 15 seconds and multiply by 4 to get breaths per minute. Normal respiratory rate at rest is typically less than 30 breaths per minute—excluding panting. Panting is normal for a dog but not a cat. If your cat is panting, an underlying problem is likely. Breathing disorders should be considered an emergency and pets with breathing difficulty should be evaluated immediately.

What are common household toxins to my pet?

There are many things that are poisonous to our pets that are found in our home. Common toxins include chocolate, household cleaners, plants, medications, grapes, raisins, onions, anti-freeze, or pest baits. Please visit website if you are concerned your pet may have ingested something toxic. The phone number for a pet toxicity consultation is 888-426-4435.

My pet is vomiting, do I need to come in?

There are many things that can cause vomiting, some of which are an emergency. If your pet has repeated vomiting, is acting depressed, or is not eating it is best to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian.

My dog has been retching and not producing vomit, is this an emergency?

YES!!! This can be a sign of a condition called GDV (gastric dilation and volvulus) or bloat. This is caused by twisting of the stomach and is a surgical emergency that requires immediate attention. Large breed dogs are at particular risk for this condition but it can occur in any size dog.

My pet has been hit by a car but seems to be acting fine, do I need to bring him in?

Yes. Although your pet may seem fine now, some internal injuries may not be obvious at first. This is true for any traumatic event. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian immediately.

My pet's face is swollen or has welts, what should I do?

This may be a sign your pet is having an allergic reaction. Immediate evaluation is recommended. Injectable medication is usually recommended to counteract the allergic reaction.

My pet is limping, what do I do?

If the limping is a sudden occurrence and your pet is acting fine otherwise, this could be temporary and may resolve without intervention. Confinement and rest are recommended. If the limping persists more than a few days, evaluation is warranted. If your pet seems obviously painful, is dragging the limb, or is non-weight bearing, evaluation is recommended.

My animal is straining to urinate, but not producing urine. Is this an emergency?

YES! Your pet should be assessed immediately for a possible urinary blockage. If a blockage is present and not treated, this can lead to bladder rupture and/or damage to the kidneys.

My pet is having a seizure, what should I do?

If this is the first time that your pet has had a seizure, you should contact your veterinarian. Isolated seizures without recurrence are possible and many do not require immediate evaluation. If the seizure lasts longer than 60 seconds or if you observe multiple episodes within a 24 hour period, your pet needs to be seen immediately. Do not try to hold your pet during a seizure. Position them away from harmful areas (stairs, decks, furniture) and do not touch your pet until he has recovered from the seizure.

My pet has a wound/laceration, should I bring it in?

Yes. Wounds, especially those associated with bites from other animals, may appear minor on the outside despite extensive internal damage under the skin. Wounds associated with bites should be assessed immediately. Do not clean wounds or lacerations with hydrogen peroxide as this can cause tissue damage to the underlying tissue. Wounds from other sources should be assessed if there is bleeding, foul odor, pus, or exposed tissue is noted.

Are snake bites harmful to my pet?

Yes. Common types of snakes in the Atlanta area include water moccasins, rattlesnakes, coral snakes, and most commonly copperheads. Envenomation does not occur with every snake bite, but the bite can still cause serious tissue damage and infection. Any snake bite should be considered an emergency.