When Should I Go to an Emergency Veterinarian?

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When Should I Go to an Emergency Veterinarian?Being a pet parent is a great job that brings joy to many people. On the flip side of this joy is the frightening and sometimes worrisome dread that accompanies seeing your pet be injured or sick. Here at Mooresville Animal Hospital, we want to help your pet stay healthy and get back on their feet after an illness or injury. Sometimes, emergencies will occur after hours that need the immediate attention of an emergency veterinarian. If you are a new pet parent or unfamiliar with what constitutes a veterinary emergency, we have a few guidelines that can be of use. Consider some of the following situations:

  • If your pet is struggling to breathe or not breathing
  • After a car accident
  • Traumatic birthing experiences
  • Injuries to the eyes
  • Dry heaving or vomiting (even after food and water have been removed)
  • Signs of being in severe pain (heavy breathing, crying, dilated pupils)
  • Excessive exposure to heat (heatstroke)
  • Injuries to the head
  • Severe injuries to the limbs (broken or swollen)
  • Abdominal distention (swelling)
  • Inability to urinate
  • Inability to get up
  • Inhalation of smoke

These are just some of the reasons why you might need to see an emergency vet, but it is certainly not a comprehensive or exhaustive list. When you visit our team of caring veterinarians for regular veterinary care, we can help tailor situations and let you know what you should watch for in your pet to know if they need emergency care. For more information about emergency veterinary care or to speak with our emergency veterinarian, please contact us today.