Accidents can happen to all of us. If your pet is injured and needs immediate care, please check with your local vet to see if they are able to assist or use one of the following after hours emergency clinics:
Alabama Veterinary Specialists (Bessemer area); 205-428-5256
Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Mobile, LLC (Mobile area)
Animal Emergency Clinic of North Alabama (Huntsville area); 256-533-7600
Animal Medical Center (Birmingham area); 205-967-7389
Auburn University Large Animal Teaching Hospital (Auburn area)
Auburn University Small Animal Clinic (Auburn area)
Blount Animal Clinic (Cleveland area)
Fur Buds Emergency Clinic (Opelika area); 334-737-6201
Southern Regional Veterinary Emergency Services (Dothan area)
Poison Control – http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, you can call The National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC), for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Operated by ASPCA, a $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
What To Do if Your Pet is Poisoned
Take immediate action, take your pet to the vet or emergency vet clinic.
If your pet ingests poison, make sure to observe the animal closely. To treat a poisoning successfully, it’s helpful to have a history of your pet’s symptoms, including when the symptoms were first noticed, where the animal has been in the past few hours, and whether anything has been seen in the yard (pieces of uneaten meat, any vomit with discoloration), or passed through the stool.
Provide a history
Providing a detailed history of symptoms to your veterinarian is critical. Immediately collect and preserve any vomit, food products you may find, medication bottles and stool samples to help your vet rule out or determine intentional poisoning. Freezing vomit and stool samples is the best method to preserve them as evidence. You can do this yourself, or take it to your vet to freeze and later send to a laboratory for testing.
As a concerned pet owner, it’s up to you to provide your vet with information that could potentially save your pet’s life. Symptoms are important as they allow vets to work backward and figure out the cause. Only after other explanations can be ruled out can your vet explore the idea that someone may have maliciously poisoned the animal.
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