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Emergency Medicine

If you think your pet is experiencing a medical emergency please contact us immediately. From injuries such as lacerations to broken bones to respiratory distress, we are ready to handle any medical emergency during normal business hours.

Our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and our in-house laboratory services enable us to diagnose your pet’s problem and begin appropriate care as quickly as possible. Remember, you know your pet better than anyone else and shouldn’t hesitate to call if you have any concerns with their health.

Patient being checked by nurse and doctor for foot injury at Confederate WoodsIf you notice your pet experiencing any one of these medical conditions you should contact us immediately:

Gastrointestinal Concerns

  • Your pet has been vomiting or has had diarrhea for more than 24 hours, or he/she is vomiting blood
  • You think your pet might have ingested something toxic, such as antifreeze, rat poison, or household cleansers
  • You think your pet might have ingested a medication that wasn’t prescribed for them
  • Your pet’s abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch, and/or she’s gagging and trying to vomit

Urination Concerns

  • Your pet is straining to urinate or is unable to urinate

Eye or Vision Concerns

  • You can see irritation or injury to your pet’s eyes, or she suddenly seems to become blind
  • Your pet is bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth, or there is blood in her urine or feces
  • Your pet begins bumping into things or suddenly becomes disoriented

Breathing or Heart Concerns

  • Your pet is having trouble breathing or seems to have something stuck in their throat
  • You see symptoms of heatstroke, which can include panting, excessive drooling, a rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeats, a sudden change in mentation, wobbly and uncoordinated movement, or sudden breathing distress
  • Your pet isn’t breathing or you can’t feel a heartbeat

General Concerns

  • Your pet shows signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, and/or refusing to socialize
  • You suspect your pet may have a broken bone
  • Your pet has had or is having a seizure
  • Your pet is unconscious and won’t wake up
  • Your pet collapses or suddenly can’t stand up
  • Your pregnant dog or cat has gone more than two hours between delivering puppies or kittens

What If My Pet Needs Immediate Care During Non-Business Hours?

Visit our emergency information page for contact information and details on local and regional emergency care centers.

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