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ILLNESS OR INJURY EXAMS
Accidents happen and occasionally we get sick. When this happens to your pet, we're here to help. If your pet becomes ill or injured, the sooner we see it, the more likely an early and successful outcome. Ill or injured animals are often uncooperative and unpredictable and sometime require sedation in order to be examined and /or treated. If you believe your pet may need sedation for an examination, x-ray, treatment, or surgery, please do not feed your pet the day of your exam.
We see pets in need of emergency care on a walk-in basis during regular business hours. If possible, please call in advance, or while you are on your way, to let us know you are coming and the nature of the injury. In this way, we can be ready for you when you arrive.
After hours on Weekends or Holidays, see below for open emergency hospitals
* California Veterinary Specialists, Animal Emergency Clinic, Emergency Pet Hospital of Redlands, Pet Poison Helpline, and ASPCA Pet Poison Hotline are not affiliated with Arrowhead Animal Hospital
SKUNK SPRAY Rx
We often get calls on how to treat pets that have been sprayed by skunks.
Here's the recipe for a cat or small dog:
1 quart of sterile saline eye wash (not contact lens solution). Use clean water if saline is not available.
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (available at drugstores).
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent
If pet was sprayed in the eyes, flush eyes copiously with saline eye wash. Mix remaining ingredients in a bucket. The mixture will bubble. While still bubbling, 'shampoo' mixture into dry hair coat until thoroughly saturated taking care to avoid the eyes. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.
Keep the above ingredients together (do not pre-mix as mixture can explode if stored in a closed container) in a plastic tub along with the following items:
Pail or bowel for mixing ingredients
Plastic raincoat (or similar) to wear while washing pet
Bulb syringe for flushing eyes.
Wash rags and towels
Plastic bag for disposal of used rags and towels
Store the tub in an area accessible from the out of doors so as to avoid the necessity of tracking odors inside the house.
Keep a close watch on your pet. Prevent pawing and rubbing of the eyes to reduce chance of secondary trauma. Some pets can experience toxic effects of skunk spray.
Follow-up with a veterinary exam if your pet shows signs of illness or discomfort and does not improve quickly.