What You Should Do If You Have a Pet Emergency

What to Do If Your Pet Has An Emergency with Your Durham Veterinarian

When you bring a pet into your home, you want to recognize the signs of a medical emergency. As your veterinarians in Durham and Chapel Hill, we’ll provide care based on the needs of your pet and the situation. Identifying an emergency allows you to seek treatment from a professional veterinarian.

Common Pet Emergencies

Common emergencies allow you to recognize the possibility of a health concern. Common emergencies you may notice include:

  • Heatstroke
  • Poisoning
  • Accidents, particularly car accidents or injuries from a vehicle
  • Snakebite
  • Swallowing a foreign object, such as coins or similar small objects
  • Allergies

The specific signs of an emergency in your pet depend on the cause of the emergency. Some concerns cause obvious injuries, such as an accident, but you may overlook other symptoms. Recognizing when to seek treatment for your pet plays a key role in your pet's health.

When to Contact an Emergency Veterinarian

You want to contact an emergency veterinarian whenever you notice signs of a health concern. Common reasons to seek emergency care for your pet include:

  • Difficulty breathing or signs of choking
  • Heavy panting, particularly in warm weather conditions
  • Injuries, such as bleeding
  • Signs of internal injuries or physical pain, such as limping or broken bones
  • Skin rashes or excessive scratching
  • Loss of hair
  • Vomiting
  • Odd behaviors

Do not wait to seek treatment if you suspect poisoning, an allergic reaction, a snake bite or any other emergency. A veterinary professional provides treatment based on the needs of your pet.

Get Emergency Services from New Hope Animal Hospital, Your Durham Veterinarian

The emergency services we offer at New Hope Animal Hospital depend on the situation. Our veterinarians offer  treatments for heatstroke, poison ingestion, unexplained breathing and other emergency situations based on your pet's health and needs. 

Schedule an Appointment with Your Durham Veterinarian

When you have concerns about an emergency, you want to seek treatment from a veterinarian. If you suspect an emergency, then contact us at 919-490-2000 to inform a professional and visit our animal hospital for your pet's care.


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