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Emergency Care

Just like humans, pets sometimes need emergency veterinary care after your regular clinic has closed. If you are not sure whether your pet is experiencing an emergency and your regular vet is unavailable, don't hesitate to call your emergency clinic. The emergency veterinarian on staff will be able to advise you whether your pet's condition requires emergency treatment.

Signs that your pet requires immediate medical attention:

  • Bleeding from a wound that has not stopped in 5 minutes
  • Bleeding from the eyes, mouth, etc., or during urination
  • Choking or difficulty breathing
  • Venomous bite or insect stings
  • Unable to urinate or defecate, or is in obvious discomfort trying to do so
  • Eye injury, even if minor
  • Swallowing a toxic substance, such as a household cleaner, rodent poison or human medication
  • Seizures
  • Hit by a vehicle
  • Showing signs of heat stroke
  • Refusing water for more than 24 hours
  • Unconscious
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Other signs of severe distress

How to prepare for an emergency vet visit:

  • Call ahead to give your vet time to prepare for your pet's condition
  • If you pet swallowed a toxin, bring it with you
  • Bring a list of your pet's medication
  • Handle your pet carefully to avoid further injury or getting bitten

What to expect at an emergency vet visit:

Your emergency vet will assess your pet and perform diagnostic tests as necessary. Emergency vet clinics are equipped to provide life sustaining support including monitoring heart activity and blood oxygenation, providing blood transfusions, supporting breathing with a ventilator and performing emergency surgery if needed. Some clinics are able to provide a transport service in case your pet needs to be transferred to a different clinic. Once your regular clinic opens, your pet may be transferred there, or remain at the emergency clinic for continued care.