The temperature is warming up and summer is almost upon us! Of course, those fun days outside and on adventures can lead to more emergencies for your pet if you’re not prepared. Luckily, we’ll be there to help. During our regular business hours, American Animal Hospital’s medical staff and resources are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. Our veterinary hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm, and Saturdays 8am-2pm. If possible, please call 973-895-4999 in advance so we can prepare for your pet’s arrival.

What should you be prepared for? Well, a lot.

1. Snake Bites!

Snakes like to sun themselves on trails, but they’ll also hide in fallen timber, pine straw, and brush. When dogs sniff through these areas, they are at risk of getting bitten on the face, neck, or front legs. If you notice any of the following snake bite signs, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately:

  • Puncture marks
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Muscle tremors

Even if your pet is bitten by a non-venomous snake, the wound can become infected, so all snake bites should receive prompt medical attention.

2. Heat Issues!

With few sweat glands, dogs and cats are unable to adequately cool themselves when left in the heat, and their body temperature can quickly rise to dangerous levels. A pet suffering from heat stroke requires immediate veterinary attention, so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of an overheated pet:

  • Excessive panting
  • Sticky or dry tongue or gums
  • Stumbling while trying to walk
  • Seizures
  • Body temperature over 103 degrees
  • Unresponsiveness

To prevent heat stroke, never leave your pet inside your car, and don’t leave her outdoors unsupervised for more than 10 minutes on a hot day. While outside, ensure she has a shady area to escape the direct sunlight, and always provide fresh, cool water.

3. Watch For Cars!

When pets spend more time outside, they have more opportunities to escape. Running free and roaming the streets may feel like an adventure, but it puts them at great risk of being lost, getting into a fight, or getting hit by a car. The blunt trauma of getting hit by a car can cause a number of injuries, including:

  • Abrasions and loss of skin
  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Head trauma
  • Internal injuries and blood loss

Take steps to prevent your pup from escaping. Ensure the gates of your yard are securely closed to keep your dog safely confined, and keep your pet inside during outdoor gatherings when guests will be coming and going. When taking part in outdoor activities, like camping or hiking, keep your dog on a leash.

If your pet experiences an emergency outside of our normal business hours, we recommend the following emergency hospital:

AERA (973) 226-3282 Located at 1237 Bloomfield Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004

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