Common dog emergencies

Common dog emergencies

Knowing when a problem is serious concern can be a tough call. Here are 6 times you should take your Morkie to the vet ASAP.

These are no-brainer reasons to rush to the Vet or emergency clinic!

1. Injury or Trauma

small sick dog

Sadie Mae has the flu

A broken bone, cut, gash or other trauma is a reason to get to your Vet’s, or an after-hours emergency clinic immediately. Ideally, someone can go with you and call from the car.

Keep your Morkie as still as possible, and wrap him in a towel or blanket to keep warm.

If he’s bleeding a lot, use gauze to staunch the wound.

Wounds can be deeper than they appear and complications like infection can develop if medical care is delayed. Plus, your Morkie may be in more pain than you realize, and so will benefit from a painkiller from the Vet.





Download this form and fill it in with your Emergency Vet information 

emergency vet print out info


2. Severe vomiting and/or diarrhea

Most bouts of vomiting and/or diarrhea are over within 24 hours and are often a result of eating something disagreeable. But if these symptoms seem severe, if there’s blood in either vomit or diarrhea, or the illness has lasted more than 12 hours, your Morkie should be treated right away. At the very least, he can become severely dehydrated, to a critical level.

If you’re in doubt, the safest course of action is always to seek Veterinary attention.

If your dog has a fever, best to seek immediate help.


3. Collapse

This can be a sign of internal bleeding or some major trauma that you can’t easily identify, like heart or organ failure. Or your Morkie may have eaten something poisonous. Collapse or sudden, serious weakness could be a sign of poisoning, internal injuries or something else you don’t know about.



yorkie at vets being examined

4. Severe pain

When your Morkie is crying, whining, panting, breathing heavily or showing some other signs of pain, it’s time for immediate medical care. Don’t let him suffer.



5. Seizure

Uncontrollable shaking and tremors, loss of consciousness, paddling with the legs and possible loss of bowel or urinary control are common signs of a seizure. The most common cause is epilepsy, although there are many other triggers, some of which can be life-threatening.



6. Stings, bites, allergic reactions

These can all lead to more serious problems including collapse, difficulty breathing or even organ failure. Keep a very close eye on your Morkie if he’s suffered from any of these things.

As always, this advice is NOT a substitute for proper consultation with a Vet and is only intended as a guide. Please consult with a Veterinarian for any questions or concerns you have about your pets.

Are YOU ready for an emergency?

Are YOU ready for an emergency?

Two history-making hurricanes in the past week have me thinking, just how READY AM I for an emergency?

Do the basics NOW

If the thought of evacuating your home, leaving with the clothes on your back and just your pets, is overwhelming, take it in small steps.

Here are three smart moves you can make to begin preparing for a disaster or emergency.



number one

DOWNLOAD this brochure from FEMA.

It has good information about prepping your pets for emergencies. Plus, it’s free and you are encouraged to distribute the brochure to family and friends.







Write for a free window sticker.

Just fill out this form and submit it to get free decal alerts – they let rescue personnel know that pets are inside your home. The safety pack also includes an ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center magnet—a great way to keep the APCC’s (Animal Poison Control Center) toll-free emergency number and website address handy in case your Morkie gets into something he shouldn’t!


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This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

Access critical advice on what to do with your pet before, during, and after a major storm—even if there’s no data connectivity.

Store and manage your pet’s critical health records.
Receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.

Build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on your social media channels.
Get the latest and most relevant news about pets and animal welfare. Click here to get the app.

More info on emergency preparedness at these sites:

The ASPCA’s Disaster Preparedness page

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Emergency preparations

The Red Cross – Top Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During a Disaster

Printable Hurricane Preparedness List 

Information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Hurricane Preparedness brochure prepared by Brevard County, Florida

Charitable Group Red Rover, with tips on hurricane prep

Disaster Preparedness Kit Checklist from PetFinder 


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