Is It An Emergency?

Protect Your Pet’s Health – Don’t delay emergency pet care.

Many pet owners are hesitant to use emergency services because they aren’t sure what constitutes as a pet emergency. Every year, pets suffer dire consequences because owners opted to wait until morning to get them seen by a vet. Don’t let this happen to you. If your cat, dog, or other domestic pet has a health problem at night, on the weekend, or on a holiday, our animal ER stands ready to help.

There are various symptoms that indicate it’s time to take your dog or cat to the vet – immediately. These include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Profuse hemorrhage or major known trauma (i.e. car accident)
  • Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating or bloody urine
  • Known exposure to dangerous poisons
  • Severe pain

This is by no means an exhaustive list. You know your pet best, and if something seems wrong with your pet, err on the side of caution and utilize our emergency services. At Animal Emergency, your pet will receive immediate comfort and relief, and you’ll be giving your pet the best chance of a speedy recovery. Our animal hospital always has an experienced emergency vet on duty, and our staff of trained technicians is professional and compassionate.

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The most common pet emergencies are not subtle, like vomiting, collapse, or paralysis. However, there are times where life-threatening problems start out with symptoms that do not seem like such a big deal in the beginning. For less obvious symptoms that still have you worried, there are some things you can do.

Looking at your cat or dog’s gums can provide much information about blood oxygenation, circulation, shock, and hemorrhage. Normal gums should be pink, and if your pet has pale, blue, grey, or red gums it is typically a sign that there is trouble.

Also, if you are debating whether or not to take your pet to the emergency vet, do not hesitate to call us and explain your pet’s situation will help us to instruct you on the next best steps. When in doubt, let us make the decision.

Seeking veterinary attention is always the safest course of action. For example, it is better to bring your dog in for what turns out to be a mild tummy ache than to ignore a bloat that turns into a life-threatening situation.

Prompt care means less suffering for your pet, faster recovery, and often lower cost to you. We keep the fees for service reasonable so that they are within your reach as a responsible pet owner.
At Animal Emergency, we are always ready to help. If you cannot tell whether your pet needs emergency attention, please do not hesitate to call or bring him in.

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