REGION 5

EMERGENCY GUIDE FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG 

 

This brochure is dedicated to “Dillon”, Mary Fairbairn’s Border Collie, who survived a recent medical emergency and inspired the creation of this brochure

 

 

 

Emergency Vet Clinics

AUSTIN AREA 

Emergency Animal Hospitals of Northwest Austin

 

Hours, all locations: Weekdays 6:30 pm – 7:30 am

                                      Weekends: Sat starting at 1:00 pm through Monday at 7:00 am

 

Round Rock Branch (512) 671-6252

            Address:        2000 North Mays Street, Suite 11

Directions:    From 79, travel North on I-35 feeder Road.  Travel East on Texas Ave W.  to North Mays St.   (Next to a Sherwin Williams)

 

North Branch (512) 331-6121

Address:        12034 Research Boulevard, Suite 8

 

South Branch (512) 899-0955

Address:        4434 Frontier Trail (Behind Cavender’s by Central Market)

 

All Clinics are Open 24 hours on Holidays

 

 

HOUSTON AREA

Mid-Town/Galleria AreaAnimal Emergency Clinic - (713) 693-1100

Address:         1111 West Loop South #200

            Hours:             Mon – Thur 6:00 pm to 7:30 am

Friday starting at 6:00 pm through Monday at 7:30 am

Directions:     Take San Felipe Exit off of 610 West LoopTravel north on the east side feeder road. Located between Post Oak and Woodway.

 

South, off I-45:  Animal Emergency Clinic SE - (713) 941-8460

Address:         10331 Gulf Fwy

            Hours:             24/7

            Directions:     Take Edgebrook exit.  Travel north on the east side feeder road.

 

North, off Hwy 59:  Animal Emergency Clinic NE - (281) 446-4900

Address:         9817 FM 1960 Rd W

            Hours:             Mon – Thur 6:00 pm to 8:00 am

Friday starting at 6:00 pm through Monday at 8:00 am

Directions:     Off of 59 North take 1st street exit.  Turn west and go a block or so.  On west side of freeway, road is named Old FM 1960/Humble Westfield Rd.

 

NW Houston, off Hwy 249: Animal Emergency Clinic – (281) 890-8875

Address:           19311 State Highway 249

            Hours:             Mon – Thur 6:00 pm to 8:00 am

Friday starting at 6:00 pm through Monday at 8:00 am

Directions:     Take Cypresswood exit.   Clinic is located on the west side of Hwy 249.

 

North, in Conroe: Animal Emergency Clinic – (936) 539-3800

Address:         920 W. Dallas St.

            Hours:             Mon – Fri 6:00 pm to 8:00 a.m.

Sat starting at Noon through Monday at 8:00 a.m.

Directions:     Take the 105 exit.  Travel northeast on W. Dallas St.

 

   

DALLAS AREA

East of Garland in Rowlette:

Lake Ray Hubbard Clinic - (972) 475-5349

            Address:        9501 Lakeview Parkway

Hours:             This clinic has normal office hours AND an after-hours emergency services

Directions:    Take Dalrock Rd Exit off of Hwy 30 and travel north to Lakeview Parkway.  Turn east and travel about a block or so.

 

Northeast of Dallas off of 635 Near 75:

Emergency Animal Clinic – (972) 994-9110

Address:        12101 Greenville Ave # 118

Hours:             Mon – Thur 6:00 pm to 8:00 am

Friday starting at 6:00 pm through Monday at 8:00 am

Directions:    Take Greenville Exit off of 635.  Turn south and travel for a block or so.

 

North of Dallas off of I-35E in Carrollton:

Emergency Pet Clinic - (972) 323-1310

Address:        1712 W Frankford Rd # 108

Hours:             Mon – Thur 6:00 pm to 8:00 am

Friday 6:00 pm to Monday at 8:00 am

            Directions:    Frankford Road off of I-35 on east side

 

 

SAN ANTONIO

Emergency Pet Clinic, Inc. - (210) 822-8273

Address:        8503 Broadway #105

Hours:             Mon – Fri 6:00 pm to 8:00 a.m.

24 hours Sat, Sun, Holidays

Directions:    Take Broadway exit off of 410 Loop.  Broadway is located betweenI-35 and 281 near the airport.

 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY

Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Hospital 405-749-6989

Address:        1800 W Memorial Rd

            Hours:             24/7

Directions:    Take I-44 North.   I-44 will branch off to the east.

Continue north and you will then be on Lake Hefner Pky.  Turn east on W. Memorial Rd.   Clinic is ¼ mile past Penn Ave, east of Sams Club

 

  

WACO

Luann Ervin, DVM -(254) 753-0905

            Address:        4900 Steinbeck Bend Dr

            Hours:             24/7

                        Directions:    Located North of Waco.  Take 339 exit. Go west through four

or five lights.  Turn right on Steinbeck.  Located on left.

 

 

BRENHAM*

 Brenham Vet Hospital - (979) 836-2472

2455 Highway 290 W

 

Washington Animal Clinic - (979) 836-4531

2100 Highway 36 N

 

 

GIDDINGS*

TX Star Animal Hospital - (979) 540-3333

1005 County Road 205

 

* While traveling between Houston and Hutto there are no formal after hour clinics.  However, most of these clinics have vets on call after hours.

 


First Aid Procedures

 

Approach

Walk slowly toward dog.  If they act like they may run, approach from a side angle.  Speak in a quiet and calm manner.   Never chase

 

emergency muzzle diagramRestraint

A towel or blanket can be used as a restraint. 

 

A muzzle may be needed.  However, never muzzle a dog if they are vomiting or are having breathing problems. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport

When carrying an injured animal carry them with the injured side toward your body to help stabilize and support the injury, thus lessening the pain.

 

Items that can be used as a stretcher:

·        Top of garbage can

·        Top of Rubber Maid container

·        Plywood

·         Use blanket as a sling


Monitoring Vital Signs

 

Temperature:  Insert thermometer in rectum approximately one inch for 2-3 minutes. Normal read is 100-102.  Could be 103 due to nerves.

 

Pulse: Place hands on rib cage just behind shoulder.  Count heart rate for 15 seconds, then multiply by 4 to get beats per minute.   Or, find the femoral artery on the upper inside of dog’s back leg.  Get a normal rate for your dog and note it below to have as a comparison.

 

My dog’s normal pulse rate is: _________________

 

One sign of shock is that the pulse in the leg is weaker than in the chest.

 

Respiration: Count each time the chest expands for 15 seconds, then multiply by 4 to get beats per minute.   Normal respirations should be 10 – 30 per minute.

 

 

C.P.R

 

Use when there are no signs of life.  Do not perform CPR if the dog is breathing or has a heartbeat. 

 

§         Airway – Remove debris by using a finger sweep and pull tongue forward to create an open airway.

 

§         Ventilation – Place hands around mouth forming tight seal.  Chest will rise when you deliver the breath of air.  Deliver one breath of air every 2-3 seconds. 

 

§         External Cardiac Massage – Place dog on right side.  Small or narrow-chested dogs should be compressed over heart.  Large dogs should be compressed over the widest portion of chest.  After delivering 4-5 breathes, deliver 10 gentle but firm compressions in the appropriate area.  Repeat breaths then compressions as necessary. 

 

Check for breathing (can use a mirror to help detect faint breathing) or a pulse around every two minutes.


Heat Stroke

  • Signs:

§         Severe panting

§         Severe Slobbering

§         Vomiting

§         Diarrhea

§         Raised Temperature

§         Ultimately; collapse and coma

 

  • Treatment:

§         Remove dog from hot spot into cool or shady area.

§         Soak dog with cold water or immerse in an ice bath, gently massaging legs and body until you reach the vet or the animal's temperature returns to normal. Be sure not to chill your dog.

§         Gently dry the dog with a towel. If they're conscious, give them small amounts of water.

§         Give artificial respiration if necessary

 

 

Bloat - swelling of the stomach from gas, fluid or both

 

Bloat is LIFE-THREATENING

Do not wait until you see/feel an enlarged stomach!

 

If you see ANY combination of these symptoms, CALL YOUR VET, keep the dog still, and get to the vet as fast as possible.

§ Paces around continuously, or, lies down in odd places

§ Salivating, panting, whining

§ Acts as if he can't get comfortable; acts agitated

§ Dark red, white, or blue gums

§ Unproductive vomiting or retching (the dog may produce frothy foamy vomit in small quantities)

§ Excessive drooling, usually accompanied by retching noises

§ Swelling in abdominal area (may or may not be noticeable)

 

Information on a Bloat first aid kit and procedures can be found at http://www.kifka.com/Elektrik/BloatFirstAid.htm

 


Poison Always seek vet care ASAP

Poison Control: 1-800-548-2423

 

§         Plants – Induce vomiting with teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and teaspoon milk

§         Acid/Alkali (Batteries, Cleaners) DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING.  Flush burns with water.  Apply paste of 1 part baking soda, 2 parts water and rub around mouth

§         Antifreeze – Induce vomiting with 2 tablespoons vodka with milk. Repeat after 10 minutes

§         Chemical Burn - If the chemical is acidic, rinse with solution consisting of one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to every liter of water. If alkali, use plain water only

 

 

Pet First Aid Kit

 

Tape to the inside of the box lid, a card with the following information:

  • Your name, address, phone#
  • Name & phone# of someone to contact, in an emergency, who will take care of your dogs if you are incapacitated
  • Your dog's names and any information about any medications they take, any allergies or significant medical conditions they have
  • Name & phone# of your vet

Items to Include:

·         Blankets or towels and disposable rubber gloves

·         Rolled gauze, gauze squares, "Ace" bandages or "Vet Wrap", and medical tape have many uses. You'll need scissors, too.   These items can also be used to create a muzzle as frightened dogs may bite.

·         Hydrogen peroxide, to induce vomiting and cleaning minor wounds. 1-3 tsp every 10 min until dog vomits

·         Syringe –Tuck syringe into the side of the dog's mouth, holding jaws closed (rather than poking straight down the throat and risking getting liquid into the lungs)

·         Tweezers

·         Liquid Benadryl

·         Antibiotic ointment & Iodine (Betadine®) prep-pads or flush (to clean wounds)

·         Styptic powder to stop a broken toenail from bleeding

·         Pepto Pills or Immodium for stomach problems.  Pepto - 1 tsp per 5lb per 6 hours; Immodium - 1 mg per 15 lbs 1-2 times daily

·         Digital thermometer (and small jar of Vaseline)

·         New Skin liquid bandage

NEVER EVER give Tylenol or ibuprofen (Nuprin, Motrin, Advil, etc.). Ibuprofen is very toxic and fatal to dogs at low doses