How to prepare for a cat emergency

 How to prepare for a cat emergency

How to prepare for a cat emergency

Being prepared and having a plan of action are the best things you can do to protect your pet. Here’s what to do in the event of a cat emergency and how to prevent emergencies in the future.

Familiarize yourself with your veterinary hospital’s “emergency” policy

Every vet clinic is different. Some are available 24/7 for emergency calls, others by appointment only. Knowing your local veterinary clinic’s hours of operation and capabilities is the most efficient way to be prepared for a cat emergency.

Below is an information template. You can fill it out with your cat emergency vet’s information and keep it on your fridge for peace of mind.

Contact information for pet emergencies

Name of my veterinary clinic______________________________________

Telephone number___________________________________________

Emergency times__________________________________________

Name of nearest emergency clinic _____________________________

ER phone number_____________________________________________

Address of the ER Clinic__________________________________________

Poison Control Center phone number (855) 764-7661

Gift Control website

What is a Feline Veterinary Emergency?

If your cat has a medical problem, is it best to know if it is an emergency or deserves a scheduled vet appointment? In most cases, an emergency can be defined as anything that causes you serious concern as you know your pet best.

If you’re concerned about your cat, the first step is to call your veterinarian or your local cat emergency hospital. Based on your concerns and the cat’s symptoms, they can assess the severity of the problem and provide specific instructions.

When your vet office is closed

The best number to call when you have a cat emergency is your vet. If your vet is available and open, they may be able to see your pet right away. If not, they can refer you to a local emergency clinic. When they are also closed, most veterinary clinics have their answering machine set to provide information on the nearest surgical clinic.

What if you don’t have a vet for your cat?

It can be very scary when your cat has a medical problem or emergency and you don’t have a vet. Turn to Google to find an “emergency cat hospital near me”. This should direct you to a veterinary clinic near you.

The three most common veterinary emergencies in cats

The three most common veterinary emergencies in cats are vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. Below is some information on these three conditions and what you can do at home.

  • Vomit is the most common cat emergency. It can be caused by infections, eating spoiled foods, chewing on plants, hairballs, eating indigestible items, parasites, and diseases like diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease.
  • Not eating (inappetence) is the second most common reason cats are taken to the vet. Loss of appetite can be caused by fever or infections, as well as diseases such as liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.
  • problems urinating, also known as dysuria, is another common cause of vet visits. Trouble urinating, straining to urinate, or urinating outside of the litter box can be caused by infections, bladder stones, or a urinary blockage.

How to prevent common cat emergencies

  • If possible, keep your cat indoors. This reduces the risk of cat fights, being hit by a car, getting caught in the trash, and cuts.
  • Avoid contact with common toxins like rat poison and antifreeze.
  • Avoid contact with common household items like Gorilla Glue and cleaning chemicals like bathroom cleaners, bleach, and other caustic materials.
  • Do not give your cat over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or acetaminophen (Tylenol) without your vet’s approval.
  • Keep nicotine out of reach including cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, nicotine gum, vape chemicals and nicotine patches.
  • Keep your purse closed and out of your cat’s reach. Purses can contain dangerous items like makeup, groceries, dental floss, or loose change that can get stuck in the gastrointestinal tract and cause life-threatening zinc poisoning.
  • Keep your pet‘s regular medications out of reach. Overdosing on a pet‘s regular medication can be dangerous.
  • In the home, be careful with items like liquid potpourri, which can be very appealing but seriously harmful. Also watch out for sources of lead such as paint shavings.

 

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