EMERGENCY CARE

In the event of a pet emergency during our normal business hours, please call us on your way to our hospital alert us to the situation and allow us to prepare.

If your pet has a medical emergency after hours, we suggest that you take him/her to one of the several overnight animal emergency centers in the Las Vegas area:

Animal Emergency Center

Located @ Pecos & Patrick
3340 E. Patrick Ln.
Las Vegas, NV 89120-3413
Phone: (702) 457-8050
Website: https://www.lvaec.net/

Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care

Located @ Tropicana & Durango
8650 W. Tropicana Ave, Ste B-107
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Phone: 702-262-7070

Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care

Located @ Craig & Rainbow
4445 N. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
Phone: (702) 262-7080

Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care

Located @ Eastern and Windmill/Wigwam
8405 S. Eastern Ave, Ste #100
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Phone: (702) 262-7090

What is Emergency Care?

You know your pet better than anyone else. If you notice your pet behaving in a way that’s unusual for him/her, you can call us during normal business hours and by answering a few questions, you’ll be able to provide necessary information that will tell the team member if you should bring your pet in right away.

 

Potential signs of a medical emergency in your pet may include:

  • Pale gums

  • Rapid breathing

  • Weak or rapid pulse

  • Change in body temperature

  • Difficulty standing

  • Apparent paralysis

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Seizures

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Your pet has experienced some kind of trauma or injury

  • Your pet is bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth or there is blood in his/her urine or feces

  • You think your pet may have ingested something toxic, such as a poisonous plant, antifreeze, rat poison, household cleaners, or a medication that was prescribed to someone else.

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

  • Your pet is showing signs of pain, such as whining, shaking, and refusing to socialize.

  • Your pet suddenly begins bumping into things or seems disoriented

  • You can see irritation to his/her eyes or he/she seems to be blind suddenly

  • Your pet’s abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch, or he/she is gagging and trying to vomit

  • You see symptoms of heatstroke (https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/cardiovascular/c_dg_heat_stroke)

  • Your pet has been vomiting or has had diarrhea for more than 24 hours or is vomiting blood

  • Your pregnant pet has gone more than 3-4 hours between delivering puppies/kittens

 

What to do if you suspect your pet is having an emergency

Pets who are severely injured may act aggressively toward their owners, so it’s important to protect yourself from injury.

For dogs: Approach your pet slowly and calmly; kneel down and say his/her name. If your pet shows signs of aggression, call for help. If he/she’s passive, fashion a makeshift stretcher and gently lift him/her onto it. Take care to support his/her neck and back in case he/she’s suffered any spinal injuries.

For cats: Gently place a blanket or towel over your cat’s head to prevent biting; then slowly lift him/her and place him/her in an open-topped carrier or box. Take care to support his/her head and avoid twisting his/her neck in case he/she’s suffered a spinal injury.

 

General First Aid

The following has been taken directly from the ASPCA website, at: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/emergency-care-your-pet

Most emergencies require immediate veterinary care, but first aid methods may help you stabilize your pet for transportation.

  • If your pet is suffering from external bleeding due to trauma, try elevating and applying pressure to the wound.

  • If your pet is choking, place your fingers in his mouth to see if you can remove the blockage.

  • If you’re unable to remove the foreign object, perform a modified Heimlich maneuver by giving a sharp rap to his chest, which should dislodge the object.

 

Performing CPR on Your Pet

CPR may be necessary if your pet remains unconscious after you have removed the choking object. First check to see if he’s breathing. If not, place him on his side and perform artificial respiration by extending his head and neck, holding his jaws closed and blowing into his nostrils once every three seconds. (Ensure no air escapes between your mouth and the pet’s nose.) If you don’t feel a heartbeat, incorporate cardiac massage while administering artificial respiration—three quick, firm chest compressions for every respiration—until your dog resumes breathing on his own.

ASPCA Poison Control Info.

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

 

What To Do If Your Pet Eats Something Poisonous

If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet, what and how much he ate, and then make a recommendation—such as whether to induce vomiting—based on their assessment. *Fee applies