Emergency Services for Your Pet

It could be terrifying to see a precious pet suffering, particularly if you’re uncertain if you should go to your vet or let the situation take its course. Just to be safe, always contact your veterinarian here at Carville Veterinary Clinic in Plaquemine, LA, Dr. Charles Carville or Dr. Katie Berthelot. To prepare you and your family, here’s a glimpse at common pet emergencies that your pet might experience.

Ingestion of Toxins

Your pet could inhale, ingest, or absorb toxins through the skin. The most common toxins you should be aware of include rodenticides, medications, cleaners, batteries, pesticides, plants, antifreeze, chocolate, and paint as well as products that contain xylitol like fertilizers and sugar-free chewing gum.

Breathing Difficulties

Increased respiratory function usually develops when the airway or lungs is compromised. This could happen because of allergic reactions, trauma, or toxins.


These are basically episodes of irregular electrical activity in your pet’s brain. Common triggers of seizures can include electrolyte imbalances, low blood sugar, brain swelling, among others. The main thing to remember about seizures is that they need to be treated by your veterinarian in Plaquemine, LA, immediately to avoid further complications.


Aggression, panting, rapid heart rate, restlessness, agitation, and pacing could all be symptoms of pain. Likewise, pain in the spine could be mistaken for stomach pain.

Diarrhea and Vomiting

These are nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms that could result from primary gastrointestinal issues like an obstruction or ingesting something toxic. But these could likewise occur due to a secondary cause like cancer or metabolic disease. Depending on what’s causing these symptoms, dehydration could follow very rapidly and symptoms could get worse in several hours.

Allergic Reactions

These can be brought about by many things from insect bites to exposure to a strong allergen. Symptoms usually include itchiness, hives, swelling, lethargy, breathing difficulties, or diarrhea.

Urination Issues

This could indicate a UTI or urinary tract infection, but could also indicate bladder stones or crystals, blood clots, inflammation,o or stress.

Never Ignore Your Pet’s Distress. Reach Out to Us

Consult with your veterinarians, Dr. Charles Carville and Dr. Katie Berthelot of Carville Veterinary Clinic here in our Plaquemine, LA, office by dialing (225) 687-7387.

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