Veterinary Care in Rome, GA
Emergency scenarios aren’t just for humans. Our animals have bodies that are as fragile as our own and sudden illness and accidents are just as likely to affect our creatures as they are us.
Probably one of the worst things about an emergency is that they tend to occur at the most inconvenient times, such as when your usual veterinary practice is closed or cannot accommodate an urgent appointment. This can cause you to feel highly stressed and panicked, and you may end up looking around trying to find any vet at all that can see your pet. The problem with doing this is that you end up rushing into an appointment with a relatively unknown practice with no idea of how skilled or experienced their professionals are. This doesn’t guarantee the best care for your pet.
One of the best things that you can do is be prepared for a veterinary emergency by finding a local emergency vet service that you have researched and that you feel offer animals the quality of care that you would like before you need to call on their services.
One of the most difficult things for many owners is actually determining whether their pet needs an emergency appointment to be seen straight away, or whether it can wait until they get a regular appointment. This is made even harder since our pets cannot tell us how they are feeling and are instead reliant on us picking up any symptoms that they have and making that decision on their behalf.
At West Rome Animal Clinic, we partner with the Northwest Georgia Veterinary Emergency Center for any emergencies that arise outside of our usual operating hours. The NWGVEC’s opening hours are 5pm until 8am weekdays and 24hours on weekends and all major holidays. Whether your emergency occurs inside our office hours or theirs, a brief telephone triage system is used to determine whether your pet needs to be seen immediately.
In the meantime, here are some of the most common veterinary emergencies we see at our animal clinic in Rome, GA.
Diarrhea/vomiting that lasts longer than 24 hours or is accompanied by other worrying symptoms
Inability to urinate
Blunt force trauma that has caused concerning symptoms
Obvious broken bones
Sharp force trauma
Seizures/loss of consciousness
It may be necessary for you to administer some immediate first aid before bringing your pet in to see your emergency vet. The team who answers your call will be able to tell you what you can do to help your pet and their instructions should be followed precisely. It is helpful to have a stocked first aid kit for your pet prepared in your home as this will contain some of the items that you might need to administer emergency treatment at home.
The items in your pet’s first aid kit will be similar if not identical to many of those in a standard human kit. These include:
Antiseptic wipes and spray
Saline wash for wounds and eyes
A bottle of water which can be used for rehydration, soothing burns, washing wounds and more
Non-latex disposable gloves
If you would like further information on what to do in the event of a pet emergency, or if you would like details on our emergency vet services, please don’t hesitate to contact our professional team by calling our offices in Rome, GA.