Midday Fix: Warm weather pet care tips

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Jerry Klein, DVM

Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
3123 N. Clybourn Avenue
Chicago
(773) 281-7110
www.ChicagoPetEmergency.com

When to seek immediate veterinary medical attention:

Pet is having difficulty breathing/Seizures

Falls, hit by cars, large wounds, broken bones

Penetrating wounds (especially in the chest or abdomen)

Staggering, stumbling, tilted head, sudden blindness

Lameness

Inflammation, swelling or other irritation to the eye

Severe hives or itching

Bleeding that does not stop

Bloated, distended, swollen or painful abdomen

Inability to urinate or defecate

Inability to deliver puppies or kittens

Loss of balance or consciousness

Pain

Vomiting or diarrhea with blood

Ingestion of dangerous foods, poison, plants, bones or other materials

Emergency Prevention Tips:

Pay close attention to what your pet is doing.

Keep them on a leash when outdoors

Maintain a steady diet

Make certain both cats and dogs see their primary care veterinarian for a physical at least once a year.

Use preventative medications and vaccinations.

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