Emergency Services

Unfortunately, there may come a time in which you and your pet are in an emergency situation.
If your pet is faced with any of the following problems, be sure to contact us immediately.

In General

Any problem persisting for longer than 24 hours.
Any problem that worsens over several hours.
Any systemic problems such as lethargy, loss of appetite, weakness and fever.
Body temperature less than 100°F or greater than 104°F.
Any indication that more than one body system (GI, urinary, neurological) is affected.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Frequent bouts of vomiting or diarrhea resulting in loss of large volumes of fluids.
Inability to drink or keep water down.
Blood or black material (digested blood) in the vomit or stool.
More than three to four episodes of vomiting or diarrhea in a puppy or in a dog older than 8 years.
Vomiting following suspected ingestion of foreign material (toys, garbage, rocks, etc).
Suspected poisoning.
Suspected bloat.


Bleeding from nose, mouth or anus.
Bleeding accompanied by bruising of the skin, especially on the abdomen.
Bleeding that cannot be stopped by applying pressure.
If blood loss is excessive.
Weakness, difficulty breathing, or reluctance to move after a bleeding episode.


Obvious fracture of a limb.
Non weight-bearing lameness persisting for more than 12 hours.
Swollen, painful joins or a gait that appears as if "walking on eggshells."
Paralysis of one or more limbs.
Lameness that initially improves but does not resolve in 24-48 hours.


Venomous bite.


What to do:

Vomiting or diarrhea (once or twice) Remove all food. Give pet only water or ice cubes for hydration. Call veterinarian if persists.
Vomiting or diarrhea (more than once or twice) Check for signs of dehydration such as sticky mucous membranes and dull eyes. Call the veterinarian.
Suspected bloat (large breeds) Call the veterinarian for immediate visit.
Bleeding from nose or paw pad (not excessive) Apply pressure to stop bleeding.
Wrist or gushing Call the veterinarian immediately.
Lameness Call veterinarian if not resolved in 24 hours.
Suspected broken bone Call the veterinarian immediately.
Trauma: auto accident, dog bite, falls Call the veterinarian immediately.
Choking Immediate first aid to remove object.
Seizures Call the veterinarian immediately unless pet is known epileptic.
Rubbing eyes, swollen eyes Call the veterinarian immediately.