Tips & Advice
What should pet owners bring to an emergency vet visit?
Bring medical records and medications that your pet is taking. Also, you should bring your ID and a form of payment.
Are there veterinary clinics that only deal with emergent cases?
Yes, there are veterinary clinics that only deal with emergency cases. They generally take walk-ins and referrals from family vets.
Do emergency vets treat dental emergencies for pets?
Yes, emergency vets treat dental emergencies and dental trauma. Freshly fractured teeth are the main category of dental injury that vets consider an emergency.
What can pet owners to do prevent health emergencies?
To prevent health emergencies, experts recommend supervising one’s pets, and trying to make sure they don’t get into emergency situations. A majority of emergency vet visits happen because animals were struck by cars, bit by other animals, or ingested toxins. Otherwise, the best way to prevent emergencies is by having a go-to vet you can call with any questions, and being vigilant about potential symptoms (i.e. runny stool, or trouble walking) as they appear but before they become extremely serious.
What conditions require emergency visit to a veterinarian?
Experts say that the conditions that necessitate an emergency veterinarian visit include collapse, seizures, inability to walk, partial paralysis, and any difficulty breathing (non-stop panting, constant coughing, hyperventilation, or elevated heart rate). Gum color is often an indicator that something is wrong--especially blue gums or very pale gums. Excessive vomiting or a distended abdomen should be considered an emergency situation. Signs of any trauma or excessive bleeding should send your pet straight to the vet. Lastly, for cat owners, urinary obstruction is fatal if not treated, and generally occurs in male cats.
Is an appointment necessary to see an emergency vet?
An appointment is not required to see an emergency vet. Incoming animals are triaged, and cases are seen in order of greatest urgency.
What is a veterinary emergency clinic?
A veterinary emergency clinic is typically dedicated to providing emergency services--many of them are after-hours and some are open 24 hours. Some are also full-service pet hospitals, but many will release the pet to their family vet the morning after performing the emergency procedures.
What is the most common conditions treated by an emergency vet?
The most common conditions that emergency vets are called upon to treat are GI distress, bite wounds/lacerations, and toxin ingestion. Vomiting and diarrhea are the symptoms of GI distress, and can also be symptoms of toxin ingestion. Pets should also go straight the emergency room if they have been struck by a car.
How much does an emergency vet cost?
The cost of an emergency vet visit varies according to the illness or injury that the vet needs to treat. The normal ballpark cost of an emergency vet is between $250-$500, though there might be a base charge around $100 for simply walking in, even without additional treatments. Emergency procedures can easily cost more than $1,000.
What is an emergency vet?
An emergency vet is a specialist that is board-certified to treat urgent, life-threatening medical conditions, perform procedures and supervise critical recovery time. After graduating from veterinary school, emergency veterinarians are required to go through a three-year residency in an institution approved by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.