Cat Emergency Care


This collection of Cat Emergency Care articles has been curated for you by Valley West and Elk Valley Veterinary Hospitals. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at 304-915-0944.

New Year’s Eve Pet Safety: Hold the Booze

New Year’s Eve can be a tough time for pets. Between the loud fireworks and guests, even the most social pets can feel a little intimidated. One danger you may not have considered is alcohol. In the midst of the festivities, your curious dog or cat may help themselves to someone’s glass and it can make them sick.


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What Goes in Your Pet First Aid Kit?

You don’t have to be a Scout to know that being prepared for an emergency is a smart idea. After all, you probably have bandages, topical ointments, and other items for human first aid needs. Why not prepare something similar for your pets?


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Today's Hot Take! 6 Safety Tips for Pets in the Face of Rising Temperatures

If you've been watching the news as of late, you know that many cities across the U.S. are breaking heat records. Temperatures are rising just about everywhere, and pets can have trouble beating the heat. As you rest in the shade, take a dip in a lake, or sip iced tea, don't forget about your furry friend panting beside you. Pets can easily overheat or develop other heat-related problems while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.


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8 Summertime Hazards Pet Owners Need to Have on Their Radar

Summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy those warm, sunny days with your furry friend. Unfortunately, this time of year can be hazardous for pets. If you are not careful, your dog or cat could experience serious injuries, illnesses, or worse. As veterinarians, we want you and your pet to enjoy the rest of a healthy, fun-filled summer, so we're sharing information about some of the most common summertime pet hazards below.


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In Honor of National Swimming Pool Day: How to Prevent Dry Drowning In Pets

Drowning is a familiar term to all of us—a traumatic event that occurs when a person or animal is submerged in water for too long and deprived of oxygen. However, a relatively uncommon but related term is secondary or "dry drowning." Water is aspirated into the lungs and causes serious complications, often hours or even days after water exposure. Dry drowning, also known as aspiration pneumonia, can affect humans and their pets.


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6 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Wintery Weather

December is Winter Weather Safety Month, making it the perfect time to remind pet owners of the dangers that come with the cold winter months. From hypothermia risk and protecting sensitive paws to leashing your dog and ensuring adequate shelter for outdoor cats, there are many precautions to take to ensure your pets continue living their best lives straight through this cold, snowy season.


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