We are here
to keep your pet healthy and well. Sometimes, your pet becomes ill
or injured. What should you do if your pet needs treatment? Bring
him in to see one of our veterinarians. We see pets 6 days a week,
no appointments are required. What should you do if you have an
emergency after hours? We have doctors on-call, after hours, for
our patients. How do you know if you have an emergency situation?
What is an emergency?
An emergency is any serious medical condition requiring veterinary
attention within a matter of minutes to hours. In these situations,
prompt medical care can greatly improve your pet’s chances
for recovery. We recommend
Clay-Duval Pet Emergency Clinic
for emergencies after hours or on holidays.
Contact them at (904) 264-8281.
Life Threatening Emergencies
Pets hit by cars
Inability to Deliver Puppies or Kittens
Contact us if labor contractions last for longer than one hour or
if there is more than 15 minutes of labor with the fetus or membrane
Gastric Distention (Bloat)
Bloat is typically seen in large, deep-chested breeds. Signs include
a distended (large and swollen) abdomen, drooling due to difficulty
swallowing, and an inability to get comfortable. This condition
can rapidly lead to shock and death if not treated immediately.
Usually seen in male cats, but can occur in male dogs and, less
commonly, in female dogs and cats. Animals strain to urinate frequently
with little or no urine produced. This emergency can lead to kidney
failure, bladder rupture, and death, if not treated quickly.
Pyometra (infection of the uterus)
Signs include discharge from the vagina, excessive urination and
drinking. By the time signs are visible, infection is already present
and she may already be experiencing kidney failure and other serious
changes. Emergency surgery is frequently necessary.
Anytime you suspect your pet has swallowed poison, you should contact
us immediately. Some common household items that are poisonous to
pets are: antifreeze, rat and mouse poison, ibuprofen, acetaminophen
and chocolate. If you pet has ingested something not intended for
consumption, please contact us immediately.
Non-Life Threatening Emergencies
This type of emergency comprises most cases seen at emergency clinics
and is very long and diverse. Often the first sign in these types
of emergencies is a behavior change. If you believe a significant
change in behavior has occurred, seek veterinary attention soon.
It is better for us to determine nothing is seriously wrong than
for a true emergency to go untreated.
Remember that most pets are inquisitive and that young, teething
pets frequently put foreign objects in their mouths. Attend obedience
class and keep your pets controlled and away from traffic; spay
and neuter all non-breeding animals; keep poisons away from pets
and try and keep your pet calm before and after eating.