Knowing What is Normal For Pets: How Establishing a Baseline Can Help in a Pet Emergency

Cat at the vetThere are times that a pet emergency is obvious. A pet that is bleeding profusely, gasping for breath, or who has ingested a toxic material clearly needs emergency medical attention. Other times, however, things are not so clear cut. By familiarizing yourself with what is normal for pets, you will be better able to identify how serious a condition may be and determine what, if any, aid or emergency care is required.

If you haven’t done so already, we recommend systematically evaluating your pet to find out what your pet’s “normal” is.

Vital Signs

Practice obtaining your pet’s vital signs when he or she is well so that you can get a feel for what to expect and what “normal” is for your pet. Continue…