If your pet is suffering a pet emergency, give us a call right away or bring your pet to our emergency hospital. The moment you walk through the door one of our knowledgeable veterinary staff members will assess your pet’s condition. Any pet clearly exhibiting an unstable medical condition will be given immediate medical attention. Less critical patients will be further evaluated in the waiting area and then seen by one of our emergency veterinarians. Our staff will collect basic information and ask that you have a seat in our waiting area until it is your turn to be seen by a doctor.
Types of Pet Emergencies include:
- hit by a car
- heavy bleeding
- gaping wounds
- other conditions easily identified as requiring immediate attention
Some emergencies are not as easily recognized but may be just as life-threatening to your pet. Clinical symptoms may develop slowly with some illnesses or injuries, and it is often difficult to recognize them or judge their severity. Use the list to the right to decide whether or not you have an emergency. This is not an all-inclusive list of emergencies:
Labored breathing and/or pale or blue gums or tongue may indicate heart failure, lung disease, internal bleeding, or major chemical imbalances.
For heavy bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound, seek help immediately.
If your pet has fallen, been hit by a car, or has suffered multiple wounds from an unknown source, you should seek professional help immediately, even if your pet is acting ok.
LACERATIONS AND BITE WOUNDS
Wounds that break the skin are contaminated and can become infected. Many wounds that seem minor to the naked eye – a small puncture or bite wound – can often have deeper, more serious injuries below the skin’s surface.
COLLAPSE / LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Illness or injury may make a pet too weak to stand. Neurological problems can prevent normal movement and lead to greater injuiry if your pet tries to walk.
If you know or suspect this, call our office immediately for professional direction to deal with this very serious problem quickly!
PROLONGED VOMITING OR DIARRHEA
Many serious illnesses begin with vomiting and/or diarrhea. Multiple episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration and shock.
If your pet develops an infected wound or abscess, or if he/she suddenly gets worse while on medication for an infection, seek professional help immediately. Infection can spread and cause toxicity.
Your pet may appear to be straining due to constipation, but it could be more serious. Frequent attempts to urinate that don’t produce a normal urine flow could indicate infection or obstruction – especially in male cats! This can lead to uremic poisoning and death.
Redness, excessive tearing, pain, pawing at the eyes, squinting or eyelid spasms suggest an acute problem. The symptoms can intensify if not treated.
Calumet Emergency Veterinary Clinic has been providing emergency veterinary care for dogs and cats in the Schererville, Dyer, Merrillville, Hammond, Crown Point, Hobart, Griffith and Munster areas of Indiana for over 20 years. Please call us right away if you suspect your pet of having an emergency.