Urgent Care For Your Pets

The summer months can be dangerous months for your pets. Dogs and cats that spend a significant amount of time outside without enough water could overheat and suffer from heat stroke. Pets who are able to wander outside may find themselves bitten by snakes or poisonous spiders, although relatively rare as spiders may find it hard to penetrate your pets’ skin. Even summer vacation road trips could prove dangerous if your pet suffers from motion sickness.

You know your pet better than anyone. There are symptoms that you should look for to determine whether a trip to animal urgent care is necessary. It should go without saying that excessive bleeding, loss of consciousness, and seizures are reasons to find an urgent care clinic for your pet. If your pet seems to be paralyzed, or seems to have lost their sense of coordination and are struggling to walk, they may need urgent care services. Other conditions that would warrant a visit to an animal urgent care clinic are an unusually high or low heart rate, labored or rapid breathing, and pale gums or a purple tongue. A blue or purple tongue may be a sign of respiratory or cardiovascular distress, as well as toxic liver or an autoimmune disease.

When it comes to your pet’s health, better safe than sorry. Pets can be just as fragile as humans, especially in the hot weather of summer. Fortunately for residents of Fayetteville, NC and the surrounding areas, Cumberland Animal Hospital has animal urgent care hours for your pet emergency needs.

There are some easy ways to protect your pet this summer. Always make sure that they have plenty of water available. Do not allow them to stay outside for long periods of time, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Keep yard grass trimmed so that snakes can be easily avoided. Provide shade for times when your pet is outside. Keep your pet current on flea, tick and heartworm prevention medication. If you notice that your pet struggles with motion sickness, talk to your veterinarian about options for treatment.

At Cumberland Animal Hospital, we hope that you and your family will have a great summer with your pets. While we hope that we never have to see your pet for urgent care needs, Cumberland Animal Hospital is here if you need us. Give us a call at (910) 822-3337.