During office hours, we are fully equipped and ready to help with all of your emergency and critical care needs. We ask that if your pet is experiencing an emergency that you call us so that our team can be ready for you and your pet when you arrive.
You hope that your pet never experiences a serious injury or sudden illness, but if they do, you want to have fast access to an emergency vet care facility, so your pet can get the immediate treatment they need. The Cascade Veterinary Clinic is ready to help if the unexpected happens. Our hospital is equipped with a modern surgical suite and a diagnostic laboratory, and our experienced staff of vets and medical technicians is ready to provide the following services during regular office hours:
- Emergency surgery
- Wound treatment
- Trauma and bone fracture care
- Blood transfusions
- Blood and saliva testing
- Blood pressure, oxygen, and ECG monitoring
- Diagnostic lab tests and analysis
- Snake and insect bite treatment
- Allergic reaction treatment
- Digital radiology
- Pain management
- Thermal support
Whatever type of emergency vet care your pet needs, our clinic is ready and able to provide it.
Signs of a Pet Emergency
Normally, the signs of a situation that requires emergency vet care are obvious: severe bleeding, large wounds, and broken bones as a result of being hit by a car or an animal attack. But sometimes they are much less noticeable. As a pet owner, it’s important that you be familiar with the less obvious symptoms of a health emergency so that you’ll know when to seek immediate emergency care.
- Abnormal body temperatures, below 98 degrees or above 105
- Weak or rapid pulse
- Pale gums
- Vomiting blood or blood in the stool
- Loss of consciousness
- Heatstroke symptoms, including vomiting, rapid pulse, excessive panting, lethargy
- Dehydration symptoms, often severe diarrhea and exhaustion
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV)
GDV is a serious condition that occurs in dogs. It can be fatal if not treated quickly. It’s caused by excessive gas accumulation in the bowels leading to severe stomach bloating and intestinal twisting. The excessive swelling of the stomach can shut off the abdominal arteries, causing death in less than an hour due to organ damage from the lack of blood circulation. Symptoms include a humped-over stance and repeated dry heaving attempts to vomit. If you see the signs of GDV, it’s vital to get them to your Cascade veterinarian immediately.
Stabilizing Your Pet in an Emergency
Knowing how to perform basic first aid to stabilize your pet before and during transport to the clinic can save their life.
- Bleeding – Apply pressure to the wound and elevate the limb.
- Choking – Try reaching into the throat to remove the instruction or administer sharp blows to the chest to expel it.
- CPR – Place your pet on its side, hold its mouth closed, and blow through the nostrils every 9 seconds.
If your pet needs emergency vet care, the Cascade Veterinary Clinic is ready to respond. We treat all types of animals. Call us at 208-382-4590 to let us know you’re on your way if possible.