When we're in pain, we can easily communicate and express that we need help. Animals on the other hand cannot, which makes emergency care such an essential service for them. Additionally, many medical conditions can progress rapidly in animals, and delaying treatment can have serious consequences. We, as animal caregivers, need to quickly identify emergency situations and have them looked at immediately. If you have any questions regarding emergency care, please call us at 204-728-0033.
How can I recognize if my pet is in a dire situation?
It's not always easy to know if your pet needs critical care. However, there are some signs that may indicate a possible emergency visit:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Loss of consciousness or unresponsiveness
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Inability to stand or walk
- Collapse or sudden onset of weakness
- Swollen abdomen or difficulty urinating
- Persistent coughing or choking
- Severe pain or distress
If you are ever unsure, please give us a call and we will direct you accordingly.
What happens during an emergency visit?
During an emergency visit, we will work quickly to stabilize your pet and provide immediate medical attention. Here are some of the steps that may occur during an emergency visit:
- Triage: The veterinary team will evaluate your pet's condition and assign a level of urgency to their case. The most critical patients will receive care first.
- Physical examination: The veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination to assess your pet's condition and identify immediate medical concerns.
- Diagnostic tests: Additional tests, such as bloodwork, urinalysis, or imaging tests may be performed to help veterinarians diagnose your pet's condition.
- Treatment: Once your pet has been evaluated, team members will provide treatment to stabilize their condition, ranging from medications to fluids depending on the specific situation.
- Hospitalization/discharge: Dependent on how severe the condition is, they may either require hospitalization/surgery, or they may be discharged if they are stable.
While your pet is in our care, the veterinary team will communicate with your and give you updates throughout the day.