|Posted by petemergencyclinic on July 31, 2014 at 9:35 PM|
Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
Every week at ER, we see a few pets who were having real problems at home, but look normal by the time they arrive at the ER. Many of these owners are actually embarrassed and some are tempted to just take the pet home without treatment.
What is up with this? Why does it happen? Is the pet in fact magically cured by clinic air?
Believe it or not, this is very common and we do not think the owners are CRAZY when this occurs. Symptoms occur at home in the normal home environment. These symptoms are REAL indicators of a potential problem. The pet arrives at the ER, shoots adrenaline and distraction into his system, and, suddenly, he LOOKS normal.
Is he really CURED just because he looks normal at the clinic? Doubtful! There is still something wrong, but it is just masked by all the excitement.
Some owners in this situation decline even very simple testing offered in an attempt to diagnose the problem. This is not the best idea, since whatever caused the problem has definitely NOT just gone away. It is still there. Why not figure it out while it may still be early?
Some owners suggest that they will get needed testing at their day clinic, 12-48 hours after the symptoms occur. If they really do in fact do this, the results may not be as helpful, with testing being conducted farther away from the incident. Get the testing close to the incident to get the best benefit from the testing.
So, what am I telling you this week?
If your pet is ill enough to cause you to take it to the ER clinic after hours, chances are that something unusual IS going on and we SHOULD figure out what it is. NOW is the chance to do so, before it gets really bad.
We at ER would never consider you to be crazy if your pet's symptoms seem to disappear at your visit.
Handling pet problems as they occur is often the most efficient and cost-effective way to operate. When your ER doctor suggests a treatment plan, he/she is providing what he/she believes is the BEST course of action for your pet.
Following the recommendations of your ER clinician is the best way to get your pet better soonest!
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic