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In Case of Emergency

In case of an emergency we follow the mantra, "When in doubt, get seen by a veterinarian." It's important to realize that because your pet can't talk, and often times are very good at hiding their symptoms, changes in behavior shouldn't always be taken lightly.

Keep in mind that a distressed/painful animal may bite or become aggressive. Use caution when lifting or touching.

Hit By Car

Immobilize pet and bring to closest ER or clinic. If you're unable to carry your pet, use a sturdy board. Adrenaline can mask your pet's symptoms, so it's important to have them examined by a veterinarian to ensure there is no injury.

Dog Fight

If your pet is injured in a dog fight it's recommended they be seen by a veterinarian immediately since bite wounds can quickly become infected. 

Allergic Reactions

If you notice any swelling, itching, or difficulty breathing, bring your pet in as soon as possible! 

Urinary Blockage

If you notice bloody urine, or if your pet has not urinated in 24 hours it is vital they are evaluated. Urinary blockages can become fatal.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)

GDV is a long name to describe a flip of the stomach. Symptoms include a large abdomen, restlessness, pacing, and unproductive wretching - or attempting to vomit without anything coming up. This is more common in larger breeds.

Severe Bleeding 

On your way to the clinic apply pressure to the wound with a clean towel or sock. Any bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, or coughing blood must be addressed immediately.

Eye Injuries

Any eye injury, redness, or strange discharge should be looked at by a veterinarian. Eye injuries can result in loss of the eye.

Ingestion of Something Poisonous 

Immediately bring your pet to us or an after-hours emergency hospital if your pet ingests a poisonous substance. Including but not limited to: xylitol, acetaminophen antifreeze, large amounts of milk chocolate, fruit pits, dark chocolate or cocoa powder, rat poison etc. 

Signs of Pain or Extreme Anxiety

Even small changes in behavior can indicate an underlying issue.

Heat Stress or Heatstroke

Abnormal panting and lameness are some signs of heat stress, it's wise to bring your pet in for fluids before heatstroke occurs. If red spots appear on the skin, immediately bring your pet to our clinic or nearest hospital. 

Severe Vomiting or Diarrhea

It's recommended to have your pet seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible if two or more episodes occur in 24 hours.

Refusal to Drink

After 24 hours of poor water intake it's necessary to bring your pet into the clinic. Refusal to drink can cause dehydration, lethargy, and decrease in appetite. 

Loss of Consciousness

If your pet becomes extremely lame or unresponsive, immediately bring them here or to the nearest emergency hospital.

Seizures or Staggering

If your pet has a seizure or is staggering (loss of balance or disorientation) please call us immediately.