Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton
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"Serving your pets' after hours needs!"
Sometimes it's tough to know where to turn when your dog, cat, iguana, or other friend-furry or feathered-isn't feeling well. That's why we started Animal Emergency Center of Temple- Belton, to address their medical needs that occur outside of normal business hours.
Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton is an adjunct veterinary care provider to your pet's regular doctor. The clinic is designed and built to efficiently handle injuries and illnesses that occur when your regular veterinarian is unavailable. Once your pet is stabilized, you will be referred back to your veterinarian during normal business hours for follow-up care in much the same way you would be if visiting a human hospital's emergency room.
Rattlesnake bites are very common in central Texas, especially in the spring and early summer. Bites from rattlesnakes can range from severe envenomation causing death to mild bites that require minimal treatment. The severity of the bite depends on the size of the snake and the condition resulting in the bite. An aggressive or protective bite is often worse because of the amount of venom that is injected. Bites to the feet, legs or along the chest wall also tend to be more severe than bites to the face. A smaller dog or cat that gets bitten may be much more affected by the bite than a large dog. Any pet that is bitten by a rattlesnake should be evaluated for treatment. Rattlesnake venom can cause local skin death as well as internal bleeding, breathing problems and kidney failure. If antivenom is required, the sooner it is given the more effective it is in stopping the progression of the snake venom toxicity. All pets that are suspected or known to have been bitten by a rattlesnake (or any other venemous snake) should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. This includes pets that have received the rattlesnake vaccine.
Signs that your pet has been bitten by a rattlesnake include:
Swelling and pain around the bite puncture wounds
Bruising of the skin and surrounding area
Oozing puncture wounds
Weakness and collapse
Stiffness and paralysis
Call Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton at (254) 231-3774
Heat stroke occurs in dogs that become overheated after exercise, are left outside in hot weather without shade, or if they are left in a car. Sometimes dogs may have other medical conditions that predispose them to heat stroke. A dog that becomes overheated needs to be treated quickly and aggressively by a veterinarian. A dog's normal temperature is between 100 and 102.5 degrees. If you can take your dog's temperature and it is 105 degrees F or greater, then it is at risk for developing heat stroke. Dog breeds with short noses (pugs, bulldogs, boxer, etc) are particularly susceptible to overheating.
Signs that your dog may be over heated include:
Excessive panting even after resting
Bright red gums
Just cooling the dog with water is NOT an adequate treatment. If not treated quickly and aggressively these dogs can develop multi-organ failure and die. Begin an initial cool-down with cool (not icy!) water, and immediately transport to Animal Emergency Center of Temple - Belton.
Call Animal Emergency Center of Temple - Belton at (254) 231-3774