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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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