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Emergency Pet Care

Is your pet having difficulty breathing? Has it been more than 24 hours since they’ve touched their food or water? If you think your pet is in urgent need of medical treatment, don’t wait—if our veterinary clinic is open, call us immediately to let us know that you’re on your way. A health emergency should never wait, even if you’re not 100% sure that your pet is in an emergency situation. The best course of action is to contact us for more information so we can suggest what to do next—whether that means following simple instructions at home or bringing your pet to our clinic.

Signs of an Emergency

Indications that your pet is having a health emergency include:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24+ hours
  • Straining/unable to pass stool or urine
  • Bleeding from the nose, ears, and/or rectum
  • Sitting with forehead pressed against the wall
  • Disoriented, unable to walk straight
  • Unable to walk or stand
  • Bitten by another animal
  • Hit by a car
  • Fell from a height
  • Broken bones
  • Abdomen is swollen and hard
  • Ate a toy or other object and has not passed it
  • Ate something poisonous
  • Fever
  • Seizures (body appears rigid; convulsions)
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Who to Call for After-Hours Emergency Care

If our clinic is closed, you can contact one of the 24-hour emergency hospitals below:

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