Think Fast: Your pet is having a medical emergency

Think Fast: Pet medical emergency

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - You do anything to keep your pet happy. They are part of the family.

But would you know what to do if your pet had a medical emergency?

Veterinarian Jodi Vogt told WBTV the first thing you should do is call your vet and check your animal's 'ABCs.'

"The 'ABCs' are; airway, breathing and cardiac. So, first thing, is the animal able to breathe? Is there something stuck in the throat so they can't breathe? If they are not breathing, you can actually do CPR on an animal and assist them in breathing," Vogt said.

Vogt is a veterinarian with the Humane Society of Charlotte. She said if your pet's problem doesn't seem to be 'ABC' related you should try to determine if your pet has been poisoned.

"Chocolate, onions, plants and prescription medicine are some of the most common hazards," Vogt said.

In the event that your pet is poisoned, it is important that you are able to tell the vet what your pet ingested, when they ingested it, and how much of it was ingested.

Just like human emergencies, Vogt said the better prepared you are before a problem occurs the more likely it is your pet will survive.

"Make sure you have a relationship with a veterinarian before you have an emergency. Know the numbers of your vet, an emergency vet, so if you have it (an emergency) and you are in a panic you don't have to go looking for it or Google it," said Vogt.

Vogt also cautions pet owners, there is a lot of bad medical advice on the internet and warns delaying medical care can compromise your pet's life.

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