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By: James W.
Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists
Eight days after Dr. Nestor told me, after CT scans and biopsies etc. that he concluded nothing major wrong with my dog, my dog died at home. Three days before I had taken him in to OVS with uncontrollable bleeding. Monday I had Xrays that showed fluid around heart and something in lungs, but OVS could not manage to get him until two days later, despite the alarming signs, so my dog suffered at home and died 15 minutes before the OVS appointment. In all this time, I never got a phone call to see how my dog was doing and have consulted with over vets who told us that it was an absolutely casual attitude, and my dog needed emergency attention. My OVS vet FAILED me, telling me their was nothing major wrong with my dog, taking thousands of my dollars without showing proper concern for my dog or me.
Tips & Advices
Bring medical records and medications that your pet is taking. Also, you should bring your ID and a form of payment.
Yes, there are veterinary clinics that only deal with emergency cases. They generally take walk-ins and referrals from family vets.
Yes, emergency vets treat dental emergencies and dental trauma. Freshly fractured teeth are the main category of dental injury that vets consider an emergency.
To prevent health emergencies, experts recommend supervising one’s pets, and trying to make sure they don’t get into emergency situations. A majority of emergency vet visits happen because animals were struck by cars, bit by other animals, or ingested toxins. Otherwise, the best way to prevent emergencies is by having a go-to vet you can call with any questions, and being vigilant about potential symptoms (i.e. runny stool, or trouble walking) as they appear but before they become extremely serious.
Experts say that the conditions that necessitate an emergency veterinarian visit include collapse, seizures, inability to walk, partial paralysis, and any difficulty breathing (non-stop panting, constant coughing, hyperventilation, or elevated heart rate). Gum color is often an indicator that something is wrong--especially blue gums or very pale gums. Excessive vomiting or a distended abdomen should be considered an emergency situation. Signs of any trauma or excessive bleeding should send your pet straight to the vet. Lastly, for cat owners, urinary obstruction is fatal if not treated, and generally occurs in male cats.

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