Keep in Mind…
Emergency Vet Bills Can Be Expensive
Listed Hours Aren’t Always Reliable. Call Ahead.
Veterinary Telemedicine Can Be a Viable Alternative
Signs Your Pet May Need Urgent Care
- Pale gums
- Rapid breathing
- Weak or rapid pulse
- Change in body temperature
- Difficulty standing
- Apparent paralysis
- Loss of consciousness
- Excessive bleeding
- Broken Limb
How To Care For Your Pet In An Emergency
Depending on the situation, there are some actions you can take at home to stabilize your pet before transporting them to an emergency vet.
If Your Pet is Bleeding:
- Apply pressure to the wound quickly and hold it there.
- If possible, elevate the injury.
If Your Pet is Choking:
- Put your fingers in their mouth and attempt to remove the foreign object.
- If you’re unable to remove the blockage, perform a modified version of the Heimlich maneuver by giving a sharp blow to their chest.
If Your Pet is Unconscious or Unresponsive:
- You may need to perform CPR.
- First, check if your pet is breathing and if they have a heartbeat. If you cannot find either, start chest compressions.
- Perform 30 chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths. Repeat this until your pet starts breathing on their own again.
- To give a rescue breath, close your pets mouth and extend their neck to open the airway. Place your mouth over your pets nose and exhale until you see your pets chest rise.
- Check for a heartbeat every 2 minutes.
- Continue giving your pet CPR until you reach an emergency vet.
Emergency Vet Clinics
EasyPet provides a list of emergency veterinarians in your area, as well as their contact information and hours of operation. In addition, we include reviews of emergency veterinarians, when available, so you can be sure you’re taking your pet to the best possible facility.
Emergency veterinarian services are those that are provided outside of the normal hours of operation for a veterinary clinic and are usually available 24 hours a day.
Emergency vets provide care for sick or injured animals on a walk-in basis, and they are typically open late into the night and on weekends. Whether your pet has been hit by a car or is suffering from a sudden illness, an emergency vet can provide the treatment they need, fast!
You can typically find emergency vet clinics by searching online for “emergency vet near me.” Once you have located a few potential clinics, you should call to ask about their hours of operation, availability, and payment policy. Emergency vet services can be expensive, so it’s important to know what your options are before you commit to costly treatment.
If you’re ever in doubt about whether or not your pet needs emergency care, please don’t hesitate to contact the nearest emergency veterinarian for guidance.
If you believe the ailment is non-life-threatening you may also consider speaking with a vet through an online telemedicine chat to get a better feel for how to proceed with treatment and care of your dog, cat, or other pet.
Emergency Vets By State
District of Columbia