Emergency

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We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 6 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle  urgent care. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet’s life.  If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment, do not hesitate to call or come immediately. Calling ahead, if possible, helps  the team to advise you on your particular emergency and our staff can prepare for your arrival.

Induction of vomiting

Unfortunately, dogs have an annoying habit of eating just about anything…medicine, snail bait, grapes, macadamia nuts, chocolate,underwear, knives, fish hooks,etc.  If ingestion occurs within 2 hours and the vomit is not caustic or sharp, it is possible to induce vomiting.  Please call your veterinarian first.  A pet poison control center can be useful to determine toxicity.

To cause vomiting, you will need:  3% hydrogen peroxide and a syringe/turkey baster.  The dosage by mouth is 1 tsp/ 10 pounds for a dog and 1 tsp/ 5 pounds for a cat.  Wait 15 minutes.  If no vomiting occurs, repeat the dosage.  If vomiting does not occur after the second dose, seek help immediately.

Traumatic injuries

When an animal is very painful, even the sweetest pet is apt to bite or scratch.     Supporting the animal,by carrying them in a towel or blanket, can disperse the weight,make the animal more comfortable, and protect the caregiver from scratches and/or bites.  Muzzling the animal,, unless the pet is having trouble breathing, is advisable to protect the owner.  Below is a homemade muzzle that can be made from a stocking, long scarf, or piece of fabric.

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If you have an emergency during our non-business hours, please seek treatment at the UGA Veterinary Medical Center located at 2200 College Station Road. Their phone number is 706-542-3221.

The Animal Emergency Hospital is also available at 2575 Atlanta Highway. Their number is 706-850-9888.