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WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY

                                   PORT ELGIN VETERINARY CLINIC
                                                  (519) 389-2020

                                        24 HOUR EMERGENCY CARE

         Please never hesitate to call with your questions or concerns. We would rather a call at
any hour then have your pet needlessly suffer or worsen overnight. We will see your pet right
away if need be or often we can advise what to do or suggest medications to try at home to
keep your pet comfortable until our office opens. DO NOT GIVE HUMAN MEDICATIONS TO
YOUR PET without checking with us first. Many human drugs are toxic to pets or dosed very
differently.Tylenol and Advil are toxic to dogs and cats, and even a small amount of Asprin can
be fatal to your cat.

                                       FIRST AID TIPS

Severe Bleeding: Applying constant firm pressure to the wound with a cloth, bandage or even your hand will
help slow down blood loss. Call our clinic right away

Choking: Try to remove the object from the animal’s throat, especially if unconscious. You may use the
Heimlick maneuver but use with caution, excessive force may cause internal injuries. Call our clinic if
choking continues

Vomiting: Do not give food for 12-24 hours. Gradually introduce ice chips 2 hours after vomiting stops,
slowly increase amount if able to keep what you give down. If able to keep down ice chips slowly increase
amount of food and water given over next 24 hours. Call our clinic, especially if response to treatment is poor
or if vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea, fever, listlessness, pain, or other signs of illness. If you suspect
vomiting is cause by poison call immediately

Diarrhea: Bring us a sample of the stool for testing. Do not give food for 12-24 hours. Introduce a bland diet
such as Medical Gastro formula which is carried at our clinic or a home made diet of boiled hamburger or
boiled chicken with rice. Add water to the food to help increase water intake and help heal the bowel. Feed
this diet until you have 3-4 days of normal stool then gradually introduce the old diet back. If diarrhea
persists for more then 2 days or is accompanied by other signs of illness call the clinic

Fracture: A bone fracture may be evident if your pet is unable to stand on one leg, is limping, has intense
pain, or the limb is bent where it shouldn’t be. What do you do? #1. control bleeding if present, #2. Watch for
signs of shock such as weak pulse, irregular breathing, dilated pupils, or unconsciousness. If shock occurs,
keep your pet gently restrained, warm, quiet, with their head elevated. #3 DO NOT try to reset the fracture.
Call the clinic immediately and prepare your pet for transport. You may need to use a stretcher or blanket to
wrap your pet in.

  Please ask us about our Emergency Stickers made available to you by our clinic. These
stickers are designed to place on your doors to alert any emergency response teams that

                                        pets may be present in the house.
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