UTICA, Mich., June 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Warm summer weather and more outdoor activities can lead to a boost in pet emergencies, warns Dr. Harp, DVM, of Macomb Veterinary Associates. "With a limited number of warm summer days it is understandable that Michigan residents want to get outside as much as possible," says Dr. Harp. The problem is that the increased level of activity and higher temperatures can put pets at an increased risk. Proactive measures and learning what to do in a pet emergency can help pet owners prepare for accidents and unexpected events – and prevent summer tragedies.
"Any number of accidents can befall a pet in the summer," says Dr. Harp. According to the Utica based doctor, knowing what to do and when to call for pet emergency care can prevent panic and allow a pet owner to make quick, lifesaving decisions.
How much activity is too much? A pet can overdo in hot weather just like a person can – but a dog can't verbalize his needs or discomfort. Watching for the signs of heat stroke can help you treat your pet promptly and avert an emergency, says Dr. Harp. Common signs of heat stroke include: panting, extreme tiredness, sticky or dry mouth and loss of consciousness. Remove the pet to a cool area and offer water promptly for mild symptoms, but call the vet if conditions are more severe or worsen after treatment.
More pets seem to wander out of the yard while the family is in the pool, or just out in the backyard. Pets can become injured on the street, when left unsupervised. If a dog or cat has been struck by a vehicle, fallen from an elevated deck or porch or been bitten by another animal, prompt medical care is a must. "A pet owner can't evaluate injuries just by looking, and cats and dogs can't relay information or tell where it hurts," adds Dr. Harp.
Sometimes a pet owner can tell that something is very wrong, but have no idea of the underlying cause or problem. Some signs and symptoms send a clear message that your pet urgently needs to see a Utica veterinarian and that you shouldn't delay, says Dr. Harp. The following signs should be a red flag to pet owners and warrant an immediate phone call to the vet: rapid breathing or trouble breathing, weak or rapid pulse, weakness or inability to stand, tremors or seizures, pale gums, unable to move, or moves with great difficulty or pain.
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