In November of 2012 a new Animal Emergency Practice moved into the location of the business formerly known as Emergency Pet Care of Jupiter which was located at 300 South Central Boulevard, Suite A Jupiter FL 33458. The new business Jupiter Pet Emergency & Specialty Center, has all new doctors and staff that specializes in compassionate care for your animals and focuses on providing the type of Emergency Veterinary Services that Jupiter deserves.
Is it an Emergency?
If you are worried it is never wrong to call the vet. When trying to get help in an emergency situation try to contact a veterinary professional directly. Do not rely on voicemail, email, or the internet.
Here are some definite emergencies.
- Trauma like being hit by a car or falling more than a few feet.
- Pet is unconscious.
- Pet is not breathing or you can’t feel a heartbeat. (See healthypet.com’s Pet CPR)
- Vomiting or Diarrhea for more than 24 hours or vomiting blood
- Suspected broken bones.
- Breathing trouble or something stuck in the throat.
- Bleeding from eyes, nose, mouth. Blood in urine or feces.
- You think your animal may have eaten something toxic such as rat poison, anti-freeze, household chemicals or medication.
- Straining to urinate or unable to urinate.
- Pet shows signs of extreme pain such as whining shaking and refusing to socialize.
- Pet collapses or can’t stand up.
- Pet begins bumping into things or gets disoriented.
- Irritation or injury in your pet’s eyes, or sudden blindness.
- Pet abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch or she’s gagging and trying to vomit.
- Symptoms of heatstroke.
- Pregnant dog or cat has gone more than 3-4 hours between delivering puppies or kittens.
Emergency Planning Resources
Most emergencies can not be anticipated but in some cases pet owners can prepare in advance. This is particularly true in the case of national disasters where pets can get left stranded in dangerous conditions if proper precautions are not taken.
One of the key directives on FEMA’s disaster preparedness website is to NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. They say that animals likely cannot survive on their own and that if they do, pet owners may not be able to find them when they return.
Watch FEMA’s Preparedness Video
Or visit ready.gov for more in depth planning information. With a little bit of planning you can make a big difference and keep everybody including your pets safe.