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How to Recognise and Manage Common Pet Emergencies

As pet owners, we consider our furry companions as beloved family members. However, accidents and emergencies can happen unexpectedly, putting their health and well-being at risk. Being prepared and knowledgeable about common pet emergencies is crucial for ensuring their safety. In this blog post, we will discuss how to recognise and manage common pet emergencies, equipping you with the essential knowledge to act swiftly and effectively.



Choking can occur when a pet swallows an object that becomes lodged in their throat. Common signs include difficulty breathing, pawing at the mouth, choking sounds, or panic. If your pet is choking, act quickly but carefully. Perform the Heimlich manoeuvre for dogs by applying firm pressure just behind the ribcage. For cats, you can perform gentle abdominal thrusts. If the obstruction persists, rush your pet to the nearest veterinary clinic.


Pets are susceptible to heatstroke, especially during hot summer months. Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse. Move your pet to a shaded area and offer cool water to drink. Wet their body with cool (not cold) water and use a fan to increase air circulation. It is crucial to lower their body temperature gradually. Contact your veterinarian immediately for further guidance and to ensure proper treatment. Here are some tips on how to keep your pets cool in the hotter months. 


Pets can accidentally ingest toxic substances, such as household cleaners, certain plants, or human medications. Symptoms vary depending on the toxin but may include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, drooling, or difficulty breathing. 

If you suspect poisoning, contact a veterinary poison hotline or your veterinarian immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by a professional, as some substances can cause further damage when expelled.

Injury or Fractures:

Injuries or fractures can occur due to accidents, falls, or even getting hit by a car. Signs include limping, swelling, visible wounds, or inability to move a limb. Handle your pet gently, and if there are open wounds, cover them with a clean cloth or bandage to control bleeding. Stabilise any suspected fractures using splints or bandages, being cautious not to restrict blood circulation. Transport your pet to the nearest veterinary clinic as soon as possible.


Seizures in pets can be frightening to witness. During a seizure, your pet may convulse, lose consciousness, drool excessively, or exhibit strange behaviour. Clear the area to prevent injury, remove any objects that could harm your pet, and keep calm. Do not attempt to restrain your pet during a seizure. Time the seizure and contact your veterinarian afterwards to seek further guidance.


Recognising and managing common pet emergencies is vital for the well-being of our furry friends. By staying calm, assessing the situation, and taking immediate action, you can potentially save your pet's life. 


Remember, while these guidelines are helpful, it's always important to seek professional veterinary care as soon as possible. Keep emergency contact numbers and a pet first-aid kit readily available to ensure prompt and appropriate response in times of crisis. Your preparedness and quick actions can make a significant difference in your pet's outcome.

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