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When to Bring Your Pet to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital

Pet emergencies rarely occur during regular business hours. Therefore, they can cause pet owners to feel extremely panicked and torn on how to rectify the situation. Most people aren’t sure what types of injuries or illnesses are classified as an emergency, so we’ve compiled a list of situations that require immediate veterinary attention. 

Severe Injuries

Car accidents, falls, or an attack by another animal warrant a visit to the emergency veterinary hospital immediately. Any broken bone or open wound needs to be tended to by a professional right away to avoid further damage, infections, or even death.

Inability to Deliver Puppies or Kittens

A complicated labor requires immediate veterinary intervention. If your cat or dog is unable to deliver their puppies or kittens, several risks may arise, putting the life of your pet and their young in danger.

Eye Disease or Injury

Any medical problem involving your cat or dog’s eyes should be handled as an emergency. Getting your pet to the veterinary hospital promptly can make the difference between recovering or losing their vision.

Visible Pain

Animals are resilient and don’t often show how much pain they are enduring. If your pet is whimpering, crying, limping or visibly uncomfortable, it’s essential to get them to an emergency veterinary hospital. If you are unsure of their level of pain, it is recommended to call the emergency line ahead of time to discuss your pet’s symptoms.

Refusal to Eat or Drink

Most pets don’t shy away from dinner time. If your pet has refused food and water for a considerable amount of time, they need to be seen by a professional. Lack of appetite is sometimes accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, or swelling in your pet’s mouth. Bottom line: If your pet won’t eat or drink, they need to be seen by a veterinarian before more significant problems arise.Please call your trusted emergency veterinary hospital for questions or concerns regarding emergency veterinary visits.

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