When to Bring Your Pet to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital


If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms or behaviors, it’s crucial to seek emergency veterinary care immediately:

  • Difficulty Breathing or Choking: Signs include labored breathing, choking sounds, or any unusual breathing noise. This could indicate a blocked airway or severe respiratory distress.
  • Severe Injury or Trauma: This includes being hit by a car, falling from a height, or sustaining bite wounds from another animal. Visible injuries, lameness, or any sign of pain warrants urgent attention.
  • Ingestion of Toxic Substances: If your pet has ingested chocolate, xylitol (found in sugar-free gum), rat poison, or any household chemicals, immediate veterinary intervention is needed.
  • Seizures or Collapse: A pet experiencing seizures, fainting, or sudden collapse may have underlying neurological or systemic issues requiring immediate care.
  • Severe Vomiting or Diarrhea: Especially if there’s blood present, these symptoms can quickly lead to dehydration and indicate serious health problems.
  • Inability to Urinate or Defecate: Straining without passing urine or feces can signal a blockage or severe gastrointestinal issue.
  • Sudden Disorientation or Severe Lethargy: Changes in behavior, such as confusion, extreme tiredness, or unresponsiveness, can be signs of serious conditions.
  • Uncontrolled Bleeding: Any wound that won’t stop bleeding, or if there’s a significant amount of blood lost, needs to be addressed by a professional immediately.

For any of these situations, the steps to take include:

  • Stay Calm: Your pet needs you to be their calm, assertive leader to get through the situation.
  • Call Ahead: Contact your nearest emergency veterinary hospital, like Fetch Specialty & Emergency Veterinary Centers, to let them know you’re on your way. This allows them to prepare for your arrival.
  • Handle With Care: Move your pet as little as possible to avoid exacerbating injuries. If you must transport them, do so gently and securely.
  • Provide Information: Give the veterinary team as much detail as you can about what happened and your pet’s symptoms. This can help speed up the diagnostic process.

Fetch Specialty & Emergency Veterinary Centers (FetchVets.com) are equipped to handle all types of pet emergencies with their state-of-the-art facilities and expert team. They understand the urgency and emotional stress of pet emergencies and are committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care.

In any emergency, quick and appropriate actions are crucial. By recognizing the signs and knowing what steps to take, you can ensure your pet receives the care they need promptly.

About Us

Fetch Specialty & Emergency Veterinary Centers is a family-owned practice providing elevated specialty care, emergency medicine, and critical care in three convenient locations throughout Florida and South Carolina. Our board-certified veterinarians and highly skilled support staff all share a deep appreciation for pets, people, and the human-animal bond. We recognize how much you love your pet as a part of your family, and that’s why we love what we do!