Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists » Surgery https://bevsvt.com Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.19 Emergency Tips for Petshttps://bevsvt.com/2015/emergency-instructions/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/emergency-instructions/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:47:44 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1649 If you are concerned or unsure if your pet needs emergency care, please call us at (802) 863-2387.  If your dog or cat ingested something poisonous please call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 for help immediately! The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is for your pet to get treated!

Seek emergency care immediately in these situations:

  • Unconsciousness, collapse or extreme lethargy
  • Suspected ingestion of a foreign body, harmful chemicals, human medications, or toxic plants
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trauma from fall or hit by moving vehicle
  • Extreme pain causing whining or shaking
  • Swollen and tense abdomen
  • Straining to urinate
  • Hemorrhage
  • Disorientation or seizures
  • Uncontrolled or prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Prolonged straining without delivery of puppies or kittens


What to do if your dog or cat is poisoned:

  • Remove your pet from the area.
  • Check to make sure your pet is safe: breathing and acting normally.
  • Do NOT give any home antidotes.
  • Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a vet or Pet Poison Helpline.
  • Call Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.
  • If veterinary attention is necessary, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.


First Aid Kits for Dogs—5 Key Items to Pack

  1. Saline – This is used to flush out wounds when dirt or debris is present. You may use the bottle alone, or carry a syringe without a needle to apply the saline.  Saline is sold over the counter.
  2. Triple Antibiotic Ointment -This may be used for minor scrapes and cuts that your pet may encounter. A common one used is over the counter Bacitracin.  Do not allow your pet to lick the ointment off of the cut or scrape.
  3. Gauze and Wrap – If your pet gets a cut that is bleeding, it is important to be able to control it until you are able to get to a veterinarian. Gauze is a soft material that you may place over the bleeding wound to help control the bleeding. A soft wrap (such as vet wrap) is then applied to keep the gauze in place. The vet wrap sticks to itself so that it stays on, but not to your pet’s fur. They will love you extra when it’s time to remove the wrap. When wrapping, make sure to place a thumb or finger underneath the wrap to ensure that you are not wrapping too tight.
  4.  Fresh Hydrogen Peroxide – This is not to be used for cleaning , but rather to induce vomiting if your pet ingests something toxic. ALWAYS consult with your veterinarian or poison control center before giving your dog Peroxide. In some cases, vomiting should NOT be induced (such as ingestion of Kerosene, sharp objects or many other chemicals)
  5. Muzzle – When dogs injure themselves, they are painful and this may cause them to want to bite. It doesn’t mean that you have a mean dog, just that he/she is telling you that they hurt. A muzzle will help to prevent bites to you and/or helpers.
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Meet Sox!https://bevsvt.com/2011/meet-sox/ https://bevsvt.com/2011/meet-sox/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:18:12 +0000 http://localhost/bevs/?p=483 Meet Sox, an adorable, spunky 6 month old miniature dauschund. 6 weeks ago Sox presented to our hospital after being hit by a car. He was having difficulty breathing, he was pale, he had a very low blood pressure and he was very painful. He was given some pain medications and radiographs were quickly taken to identify the reasons for his distress. He had a diaphragmatic hernia and a fracture of his femur. The diaphragmatic hernia had allowed his abdominal organs, like his liver and stomach, to move into his chest cavity making it so he could not expand his lungs normally. He needed emergency surgery to fix that. He was quickly stabilized and taken into the operating room.

In surgery we put Sox on a respiratory ventilator because he was not able to breathe well on his own. We then made a long incision on his abdomen through the skin and tissues so that we could evaluate his abdominal cavity. We found that his diaphragm, a muscle which normally separates the abdominal cavity from the chest cavity and helps with breathing, was completely torn away from its normal attachments. This meant that all of his liver, his stomach and his spleen had moved from his abdominal cavity into his chest cavity. It also meant that he could not create the normal pressure changes in his chest cavity which are essential to breathing. We gently manipulated the abdominal organs back into their appropriate locations in the abdomen. We then sutured the diaphragm back to its original location and closed our initial incision. Sox recovered from anesthesia and was able to breathe without the help of the ventilator, but he still needed extra oxygen supplementation for the next several hours.

Sox spent the next 2 days in our hospital receiving supportive care while allowing his lungs and body to recover from the trauma. On the third day he was breathing well on his own and his blood pressures were normal.

We then took him back into the operating room to fix his femur fracture. He had broken his bone at the growth plate, a weak spot in the bone of a young, growing dog. The surgery went well and his fracture was stabilized with some pins. He recovered from anesthesia without any complications.

Sox went home the next day. He needed to be kept in a crate or small room for four weeks to allow his fracture to heal. This turned out to be a hard task because as soon as he started to feel better he wanted to play and run around. The family did an excellent job of taking care of him and helping him recovery.

We took radiographs of the femur 4 weeks after surgery and it was healing very well. All of his incisions were healed and his shaved skin was already covered with new hair! He had a slow return to normal activity over the next 2 weeks.

Sox is fully recovered now and running around at home as if nothing ever happened.

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