+EMERGENCY & AFTER HOURS
(727) 786-5755

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Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 5:30PM-7:00AM
Weekend: Saturday Noon -
     7:00AM Monday morning
Holidays:
Open 24 hours

Call Animal Emergency Veterinary Hospital now for immediate service

Pet Emergency: What to Do

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Call (727) 786-5755
  3. Be prepared with info:
    • Type/Breed
    • Details of problem
    • Any changes
  4. Be aware. Pets may bite if ill or injured.

Location

30610 US Highway 19 N,
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

One block north of Curlew Road on the west side Please call ahead for advice and so we can prepare your arrival.

Directions to
Veterinary Clinic

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Map to Our Veterinary Clinic

How to Recognize an Emergency

There may come a time when your pet needs immediate care outside the normal operating hours of your regular veterinarian. If this happens, Animal Emergency + Urgent Care is there for you nights, weekends and holidays.

You know your pet and his normal habits and behavior better than anyone, but you may be unsure if your pet needs emergency care. Following are some signs you can look for that will help you determine if you are dealing with an urgent situation and need to get your pet to Animal Emergency.

Changes in behavior are often a sure sign that there is something going on that needs to be treated immediately. Sudden shifts in demeanor such as extreme aggression or severe lethargy and unresponsiveness can indicate a hidden problem.

Another change in behavior that can indicate an emergency is disorientation. If your pet has a bewildered look, appears confused or disoriented, is bumping into things or collapses, this is a sign of a bigger problem and your pet should be seen in the ER.

Vomiting or diarrhea may not be cause for immediate concern, but many episodes of vomiting or diarrhea in a short period of time indicates an emergency. Problems urinating and/or defecating and blood in the urine or stool is also a sign that your pet needs to be seen quickly.

Rapid, shallow, noisy or difficulty breathing is a sure sign of an emergency. And if you think your pet has a fever he should be seen in the ER. A fever in a dog is 103 degrees and in a cat it is anything over 102.5.

In addition, your pet should be seen quickly if he:

  • Is in pain, crying out or whimpering
  • Has a swollen or hard abdomen
  • Is having a difficult labor
  • Ingests any type of poison
  • Experiences convulsion or seizures
  • Experiences a trauma (hit by a car)
  • Has a puncture wound
  • Is acting strangely or in any way that appears out of the ordinary

If you feel that your pet may be experiencing an emergency, call Animal Emergency so our experienced veterinarians and technicians can be ready when you get here. Remain calm and know that your animal friend will be in good hands.