Pet Emergency Clinic

SW Louisiana's After Hours Pet Hospital!


Current helpful pet owner info from the viewpoint of Dr. John Emerson. 

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Pregnancy- When is your dog having a problem?

Posted by petemergencyclinic on November 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This update is on dog breeding and Cesarian Sections.

The dog is pregnant for about 63 days on average. (This will vary somewhat)

Many dogs have puppies without incident with no help from us. But certain breeds, such as Chihuahuas and Pugs, often need C-Sections, and some breeds, such as the English Bulldog, almost always need a C-Section.

How do you know if your pregnant dog is having trouble having puppies?

1) If it has been over 72  days since the last breeding

2) If your dog has been pushing and straining hard for over 30 minutes.

3) If your dog's water broke over 4 hours ago

4)If it has been over 2 hours between puppies

If one of the above is true for your pet, you need to get veterinary assistance. Call your DVM during hours or the petER after hours. (337-562-0400)

Other advice- my opinion only-

Many  people decide to breed their dog "just one time so the children may experience the miracle of birth. Others are told that a female should have one litter to develop her personality. Some see the prices that puppies fetch and see a chance to make a lot of money.

None of these reasons are very good. Usually the first breeding is the one in which problems occur, and these problems may be expensive and may risk the mother. The dog's personality does not require a litter to develop. Oftentimes the money made by selling pupppies is not enough to cover expenses if the smallest thing goes wrong and has to be treated.

So my recommendation is this: If you really want to get into dog breeding and you are willing to invest the time, study, and money to get the right training, equipment, and medical care, then go for it. But casual breeding may reduce the quality of your breed and may be a total disaster. I do not recommend it.

That is all--Dr. John

Free Pet Reminder Website

Posted by petemergencyclinic on July 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM Comments comments (1)

This is to tell you about a nice free service that can help you to keep your pet in good health and to avoid emergency visits.

It is a website called You may log in, create a free account, and receive e  mailed reminders about your pet's medications.

The most obvious use for this could be for both canine and feline monthly heartworm medication. You could also use it to remind you of flea meds, or any other thing regarding your pet that occurs at regular intervals.

One of the main reasons that dogs and cats get heartworms is owner forgetfulness. is one way we can use technology to help us remember critical pet medication items.

That is all!    Dr. John Emerson

Flea Products and Pet Safety

Posted by petemergencyclinic on July 11, 2010 at 7:23 PM Comments comments (0)

Modern flea products are generally safe and pretty effective when used according to label directions.

Pet owners get into trouble when they DO NOT follow label directions.One of the biggest flea control errors that creates Pet Emergency Clinic visits is using DOG flea products on CATS. do not ever use any product on a cat unless it is labelled for a cat. Cats are very sensitive to toxins and are easily poisoned.

The over-the-counter flea products cause most of the problems. Many of these products use an obsolete product (that was never very effective on fleas by itself) packaged just like a modern product. You see the great price, buy it, and not only do NOT kill fleas, but  may KILL your cat.

Avoid this type of product in general but ESPECIALLY in your cat.

If your pet becomes sick after using ANY flea product, your first job is to wash the product off, and then get your pet seen by a DVM. If out of hours, just arrive at Pet Emergency Clinic. If during hours, see your family DVM. To summarize, be VERY careful with ANY flea product, and READ THE DIRECTIONS (sorry, guys). It takes expert knowlege of fleas in addition to good product to really handle fleas.

That is all. Talk to you soon. 

Tylenol or Acetaminophen in dogs and cats- NO

Posted by petemergencyclinic on May 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Tylenol (acetemanophen) has been marketed as the super-safe pain reliever that does not cause stomach upset like aspirin does. Over and over, the safety and lack of intestinal side effects have been touted. 

Yet recently, even for humans, Tylenol and its generic versions have been found to be not as safe as previously thought. Especially if the human has liver disease or is a heavy drinker of alcohol, Tylenol has been found to be not such a good choice. Yet the marketing of safety of the product continues.

DO NOT USE Tylenol in dogs and ESPECIALLY in cats!

It is toxic in fairly high doses in dogs and in very low doses in cats. In fact, one Tylenol in cats may cause death.

If your pet has pain and you hink it needs a med, have it examined by your DVM and have that DVM prescribe an appropriate product. Do not ever use Tylenol in dogs and cats.

If your dog comes to the Emergency Clinic for Tylenol poisoning, the prognosis is guarded at best. We do have a product to treat the problem, but the product is most effective if given shortly after ingestion. If we suspect tylenol poisoning but are not sure, we can run a blood test at a local hospital and get the diagnosis. tylenol will show in the blood test within about 2 hours of ingestion.

Best bet is to respect Tylenol and its generics substitutes as powerful drugs that should be kept from our pets.

That is all. Talk to you next week


Pet Emergency- a valuable service for SW La. and SE Tx

Posted by petemergencyclinic on May 18, 2010 at 10:09 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the Pet Emergency clinic. We are here to help clients handle out-of hours emergencies and nursing care.

Your family veterinarian is your pet's best friend and advocate. Yet your family DVM cannot be open 24/7 and be really fresh and alert when your pet needs her/him.

We are here to handle that time period that is outside normal business hours. Our expert DVM's and staff will treat your pet as you would wish, with all info going back to your DVM when we are through.

The best way to avoid emergencies is to follow a few simple rules as follows:

1) Feed only a high quality diet and do not let your pet be overweight.

2) Observe the leash laws

3) Keep vaccinations current and have at least annual wellness checkups at your DVM's.

4) Own breeds of dogs and cats that are known to have few health problems.

For times when even the above was not enough, the Pet Emergency Clinic is here for you. Just come in or call 337-562-0400.

"Lets be careful out there."

Dr. John Emerson


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Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,


Dr. Google is the new authority on veterinary medicine in our area.


Ever heard of him? He is the first guy you can ask about a pet problem. Always gives you literally hundreds of answers and usually at no up-front fee. What a guy! What's not to like?


During the past several years of practicing veterinary medicine, I have come to know the famous Dr. Google very well. At times, I have been very exasperated with him, as he has maybe delayed my clients from seeking proper treatment.


I am not sure what med school Dr. Google attended, but I have to say that some of his advice is just crazy. When that advice is followed by a well-meaning pet owner, it may be at worse disastrous or at best may delay proper care. Of course, it can make my job more difficult.


But what about the GOOD Dr. Google accomplishes? (Do not worry, fellow DVM's. I have NOT gone crazy)


What good does Dr. Google accomplish? I have found, that in many cases, a caring pet owner sees pet medical symptoms, Googles them, and then determines that he must seek care. This results in a pet being seen by a DVM who may not have otherwise. This is a good thing and I literally see it all the time.


So, no, I am not ready to banish Dr. Google to a remote island with no internet service. But, of course, I will give you some tips to help you use the sometimes glib and misleading Dr. Google for a good effect. Here you go.....


1- If your pet is REALLY ill or injured, just get it seen by your own DVM. Skip Dr. Google.

2- If your pet is showing some vague symptoms and you want to get a better idea, searching with Dr. Google may be helpful. You should still seek competent care from a DVM who will actually LOOK at your pet.

3-Remember this about Dr. Google; a large percentage of the "data" given is with the goal of selling you something, and it will be presented in a way that makes you want to buy it.

4-Another large percent of Dr. Google's data is not written by knowledgable people. Nobody checks it. If it is wrong and you harm your pet, TOUGH LUCK, Charlie! [An example of this that I see is the multiple crazy-high doses of a particular cattle dewormer for preventing heartworms in dogs]


So, what to do?

Use Dr. Google to get a general idea of what is going on with your pet if the condition is not immediately life-threatening. Always take the data with a grain of salt.


Have a relationship with a veterinarian (DVM) so that you may get the problem handled by YOUR OWN expert. (If you do not feel that your DVM is your own expert, I suggest that you find one who you do. There are lots of great ones around)


Remember, handling problems early in the course of illness is usually much cheaper and is definitely easier that waiting until it progresses.


As always, you CAN do something about pet illness.



That is all.



Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic


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Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,


Recently, Dr. Prince was presented, early one morning, with a beloved pet who had been attacked by a coyote while just outside the owners' home on a morning "constitutional." The dog was severely injured including nerve damage. He treated the dog for shock with IV fluids and pain meds, started IV antibiotics and sent the pet on to her home clinic for ongoing care.


This incident made me think and realize that we have been seeing more of this type of incident over the past few years than we have in the past. We have also experienced similar problems with free-roaming dogs and sometimes with pets who actually live together in the same home.


Injuries such as this are often severe to extreme and may result in the owner's being injuried too.


Why is this occuring more often? I am not totally certain, and the following is just my opinion, but I believe that part of the problem is the reduced available habitat for some wild animals. As we continue to develop more and more land, the habitat of the wild animal shrinks, and the natural food supply for the animal shrinks too. So, for a hungry wild animal, the sight of a plump, pampered pet may become just too tempting.


When pets are involved in the aggression, the above reason would not apply. Some pets are just aggressive. Period. I have heard people says that "it is all in how you raise them, etc, etc.," and it may be to some extent. But some breeds and individuals are just hard-wired to be aggressive no matter how you raise them.


It would be crazy to house a small lamb with a hungry lion, no matter how nicely the lion was raised. The lion will probably do what lions do. Similarly, some individual animals, no matter how "sweet" they seem to the owner, are potentially dangerous and must be handled accordingly.


So, what can we do to protect our domestic pets from harm from other animals? Here are a few things.....

1) Keep your pet leashed and under your control when he is outside. A wild animal will be much less likely to approach a human than he would a pet.

2) Keep your awareness UP UP UP (hence the title of the old Elvis song) when you are out with a pet. Be ready to pick up the pet and or to escape the situation in whatever way makes sense.

3) Be aware that MANY people do not comply with the leash law.

4) Avoid interaction with wild animals. Do not feed then or attempt to befriend them. You may cause these animals to lose the natural fear of man that keeps them alive.

5) Avoid entering the middle of an animal fight. You stand a very good chance of being harmed severely.

6) If your pet is injured, even if it appears minor, get it checked by a DVM. Sometimes injuries are much worse than they appear. If handled early, we get the best survival chances.


So, you see? Something CAN be done about animal to animal aggression.


That is all.



Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic