Emergency and Urgent Care

There are some common pet emergencies that require urgent care. Diarrhea and vomiting are common problems in canines and can range from a simple stomach upset to sign of a real medical problem. If your dog displays pain or lethargy and the diarrhea or vomiting has persisted for over 24 hours, it’s time to take your pet to the vet. Another thing to be on the lookout for is blood in the vomit or diarrhea. Trauma includes getting struck by a vehicle, animal bites and gunshot wounds. Internal trauma is hard to assess on your own, and you need to take your pet to a vet as soon as possible, even if your pet appears okay. Injuries like internal bleeding or a ruptured lung that show signs and wounds can be deeper than what they appear and cause infection. In addition, it’s likely that your beloved companion will be in pain due to the trauma and require some pain medication.

If your pet loses strength, is unable to rise and appears collapse, the cause can be life threatening. Heart disease, respiratory disease, vascular disease and anemia are just a few of the medical conditions that can cause collapse. This is a situation where your pet needs urgent care from a vet. Breathing difficulties and trouble passing urine are also pet emergencies. If you notice that your pet is wheezing or has raspy breathing, this can be a sign of an allergic reaction, foreign body in the throat or asthma. Trouble passing urine may indicate that your four-legged companion has a life-threatening blockage. The ingestion of rat poisons, human medications, chocolate and grapes can also cause also turn into a life threatening situation when your pet’s body begins to absorb the poison into their digestive system. Gastric dilation volvulus (GDV) is a term for distended or bloated stomach. It is often seen is deep chested breeds like German Shepherds and Great Danes. The signs of GDV include wanting to throw up after eating a large meal, pain, drooling and increased breathing rate and heart rate.

For pet emergencies, turn to Carlsbad Animal Hospital in Carlsbad, CA for urgent care. Our skilled and caring vets are experienced in pet emergency care. Our modern 4,000 square foot facility is outfitted with the latest in vet medical care and advanced technology. We also have an advanced diagnostic lab, a fully-equipped surgical suite, ultrasound and digital radiography. We evaluate pets fast and provide the appropriate treatment in emergencies. If you’re not sure whether it is an emergency, give us a call at 760-729-4431 for a fast consultation.