Veterinary information and advice

Dog emergencies

Contact your vet when your dog presents one of the emergency signs. The following information will help you identify which of your dog's symptoms are real emergencies and the situations in which is absolutely imperative to go to the veterinary clinic. You will also be told about the signs, symptoms which may allow you to wait and monitor how the situation evolves. When your dog feels sick or is wounded and you are uncertain about the severity of the situation, it's always better to be cautious than to neglect a serious problem that could jeopardize your pet's life; you should immediately contact your veterinarian or go to a veterinary clinic.

Contact immediately your animal doctor or call for the veterinary ambulance if:

your dog presents the symptoms of a cardiac or respiratory illness, including:

your dog has been exposed to a toxin or poison or he has suffered a trauma, including:

your dog presents injuries due to heat or cold, including:

your dog presents signs of a stomach, intestinal upset, including:

your dog presents nervous symptoms or the signs of a muscular illness, including:

your dog presents symptoms associated with the urinary or the genital apparatus, including:

Contact your vet in the same day if your dog:

presents the symptoms of a cardiac or respiratory problem, including:

presents symptoms associated with digestion or to the food and water consumption, including:

presents nervous signs or the symptoms of a muscular illness, including:

presents symptoms associated with the urinary or the genital apparatus, including:

presents skin problems, including:

Contact your vet within 24 hours if:

your dog presents symptoms associated with digestion or to water and food consumption, including:

your dog presents nervous symptoms or symptoms of a muscular disease, including:

your dog presents symptoms associated with skin, including:

Signs of illness in exotic birds (budgies, cockatiels, alexandrine parakeets, jaco parotts, cacadu parrots etc)

Signs of illness in exotic birds:

Veterinary emergencies for exotic birds

Bleeding and fractures in exotic birds

Two of the most basic areas of first-aid you should be familiar with are how to stop bleeding and what to do if your bird breaks a bone.

These are general suggestions always call your veterinarian first, and if you can't make the call, have someone else do it while you start first aid.

Your bird is bleeding; what should you do? Direct pressure is the old standby and very reliable whether as a first means of defense or the last, when other ideas are not working. Depending on how much pressure you apply, the patients' blood pressure and the size and location of the wound (beaks, for instance, can be awkward), most types of bleeding should clot within about a minute. Prolonged bleeding could mean your bird has a clotting problem, which can be caused by liver disease, some medications or a deficiency in vitamin K.

Broken nail can bleed profusely without a clotting agent. If you find yourself faced with a bleeding nail, you can help along the clot in several ways. Direct pressure does not work very well in this case; most bird owners use some type of styptic powder, sold in most pet supplies store. (To make application easier I fill a 1 ml/cc syringe.) Silver nitrate sticks are another option. Or, you can make do with a household cure: flour or corn starch.

When "blood feathers" break

While new feathers are growing in, they have both an artery and vein running through them. Clumsy birds such as babies and birds prone to thrashing such as cockatiels often will break one of these new "blood" feathers and when they do, the bleeding can be profuse - enough in some birds to be life-threatening. As the bird thrashes around and splatters the blood it can look like they are bleeding even more.

The only thing you can do is to put pressure on that wound and hurry to see a vet.

Broken bones in exotic birds

Broken bones in birds usually happen in the wings or legs. The good news is fractures usually are not fatal, unless other conditions or complications are involved.

However, the wing and leg bones are hollow and when they break, they usually splinter into several pieces. The pieces often have sharp edges that can damage soft tissue and cause a bigger problem than the fracture itself. If this injury occurs, your goal is to keep you parrot warm and put it inside its cage or travel carrier. Do not handle your parrot unless absolutely necessary. Contact your avian veterinarian's office immediately for further treatment.

We invite you to the non-stop veterinary clinic Tazy Vet, 74 Iosif Albu Street, sector 3, Bucharest, Titan / Balta Alba area (behind the Auchan hypermarket, see map)