If your pooch experiences a physical accident, fall or other severe trauma, you probably need to take it to the vet immediately. Some indicators of urgent care may include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or fast pulse
  • Lethargy
  • Aggression
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding
  • Isolation

Knowing how to respond during an emergency starts with knowing what causes one. Be aware of foods, substances and materials that can possibly be consumed by your dog. For example, chocolate, grapes, dairy, another pet’s food, some houseplants, lawn fertilizers, some essential oils and household cleaners are toxic to dogs.

For more severe instances, a trip to the animal hospital may be required. If your pet gets attacked by another dog or wild animal, you might want to get it checked. Car accidents and poisoning necessitate a trip to the vet. When the incident involves internal consumption or injury, a veterinarian is able to diagnose and properly treat the wound or illness.

Though you should always provide a safe, clean and healthy environment for your four-legged family member, accidents inevitably happen. Be prepared for an emergency by knowing where to go and what to do.

For more specifics on how to treat allergic reactions, seizures, poisoning, cardiac issues, etc., check out our resource.

Dog Medical Emergency Guide created by Figo Pet Insurance.