At Ingersoll Veterinary Services, we want to ensure your pet receives the best care during emergencies. We are always here for you, but for immediate assistance, please reach out to one of the hospitals listed below.
What situations require emergency care?
Below are some examples of emergencies that require immediate care:
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
- Fractured bones or severe lameness
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Your cat and dog have ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
What do I do in a veterinary emergency?
Stay Calm - Try to remain calm and be extra cautious around your cat or dog. Pain can lead even the most loving dog or cat to react negatively toward a person trying to help.
Call Ahead to the Emergency Hospital - Please call the emergency hospital immediately to let them know you're coming and provide any details ahead of your visit.
Follow the Provided Instructions - When you call to notify the emergency hospital that you are on your way, you may be given instructions on how to administer first aid or make your cat or dog feel as comfortable as possible. Follow those steps as carefully as you can.
Prepare for a Possible Overnight Stay - Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care.