Ill and Injured Pet Care
If you believe your pet may be ill or injured, please consult one of our trained staff members by calling 210-660-4097 to determine if your pet is experiencing a life threatening situation and how to proceed.
We are conveniently open daily, 7am to 11pm, to assess and create a treatment plan for your pet. Walk-ins are always welcome at no additional fees. Please call to let us know you are on our way so that we can best accommodate your pet.
Signs of Illness or Injury
Since your pet cannot tell you how it’s feeling, it can often be a challenge for pet owners to determine if their pet is not feeling well. Often, owners with the best intentions attribute subtle signs of underlying disease or injury to normal aging.
Here are some common signs that your pet may be Ill or Injured:
- Abnormal bad breath or drooling
- Excessive drinking or urination
- Changes in appetite or activity level
- Coughing, sneezing, excessive panting, or labored breathing
- Itchy or dry skin, sores, lumps
- Frequent vomiting, digestive upsets, or change in bowel movements
- Dry, red, or cloudy eyes
- Excessive licking on a certain area of the body
- Sensitivity to touch
If your furry friend shows symptoms of being ill or injured, please don’t hesitate to call us at 210-660-4097 to talk to a trained staff member.
Basic Tips for Handling an Ill or Injured Pet
It is important to remain calm if you notice your pet has become suddenly ill or sustained an injury. The calmer you are in response to the situation, the more likely your pet is to remain calm and cooperative rather than aggressive.
- Keep your face away from the pet’s month. Although it might be your first impulse to hug and comfort your pet, it might only scare your pet more or cause them pain.
- If necessary, and if your dog is not vomiting, place a muzzle on the pet to reduce the chances of being bitten. Never muzzle your pet if it is vomiting.
- Cats and other small animals can be wrapped in a towel to restrain them. Make sure your pet is not wrapped too tightly in the towel and its nose is uncovered so it can easily breathe.
- If possible, you can try to stabilize injuries before moving an injured animal by splinting or bandaging them.
- If your pet is bleeding, apply pressure to the cuts with a pressure bandage. You can use clean towels, shirts, or blankets as makeshift bandages.
- When transporting your injured or ill pet, keep them confined in a small area to reduce risk of further injury. Make sure your pet has plenty of soft towels and pillows to lie on.
Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may help your pet’s situation until it receives veterinary treatment.
When your pet suddenly becomes Ill or Injured and you have limited money for veterinary care, it can be a stressful experience.
Fortunately, you can apply for Care Credit before you need it. To learn more about Care Credit, please visit carecredit.com