17829 Murdock Circle • Port Charlotte

What Is An Emergency?

Not every health problem your pet encounters will require emergency medical care. With some illnesses and injuries, symptoms may develop slowly or seem minor on the surface, thereby making it difficult to determine the need for immediate medical care.

If you feel your pet may need emergency medical care, we have compiled the following information:

  • Bleeding
  • Trauma
    • Acute swelling anywhere on the body
    • Wounds or lacerations
    • Any bite wounds (snake, dog, cat, insect, wild animal etc.)
    • Hit by car
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Consumption of toxins
  • Ingestion of foreign objects
  • Convulsions/Seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Pain
  • Eye Problems
  • Disorientation
  • Heatstroke
  • Drowning
  • Coughing or Respiratory Distress

If your pet has an ongoing medical problem that could result in a sudden emergency, make sure that you keep pertinent medical records easily accessible so the Veterinary Emergency Clinic can review them.

Keep your veterinarian’s phone number by your phone in case of an emergency.

Know basic first aid tips for pets.  Ask your veterinarian for these tips ahead of time at your wellness exam.

What to do in an emergency?

Call your veterinarian immediately. Even if it is after hours, most veterinarians have recordings that explain how to obtain emergency help for your pet when the practice is closed. If your veterinarian has our phone number as a referral, we urge you to call us before arriving so that our staff can prepare for your pet’s individual situation.

Try to remain calm, drive carefully, and follow instructions that were given to you.

Please understand that we are a Critical and Emergency Care facility and we see patients based on life threatening nature of their problems. It is possible that patients who arrive after you may bee seen first. Our staff will keep you updated on our emergency status and will help answer your questions.

How can I plan for an Emergency?
Make sure that you know ahead of time what your primary veterinarian’s policy is regarding emergency care, both during regular practice hours and after hours. Make sure you know our location. If your pet has an outgoing medical problem that could result in a sudden emergency, make sure that you keep pertinent medical records easily accessible so we can review the records.
What information about my pet should I bring with me to the hospital?
Any medical records you may have along with a list of any medications your pet is taking. If your pet is on a special medication or diet, please bring those items with you in case your pet may need to be hospitalized.
Do I need an appointment?
No appointment is needed, but we are an emergency facility and triage our patients, meaning the most life-threatening cases will be seen first when more than one pet arrives at the same time. Sometimes this means that an examination in progress may be interrupted or a less critical patient may have to wait. Please be assured that we will work as quickly as possible to provide all pets with the care they need.

Remember: We are open when your family veterinarian’s office is closed: nights, weekends and holidays. Few aspects of pet ownership are more stressful than when an animal is taken ill during the time your regular veterinarian is closed.
What happens after I arrive with my pet?
Upon arrival at our hospital, your pet will be assessed, a history will be obtained, and the doctor will perform a thorough comprehensive exam before making recommendations for treatment. A treatment plan will be discussed with you at this time, and we will do our best to work within the budget you have established for your pet’s needs.
Can I visit if my pet needs to be hospitalized?
We encourage owners to visit their pets. Visits from family members relieve stress for both owners and patients. Some limits on visitation may need to be set in order to provide the best care for your pet. Feel free to discuss with the attending doctor the best time for the visit. We have staff on premises all during the night, and we encourage you to call at any hour to receive an update on your pet.
Will my pet be alone?
NO! That is why we are here, to be with your pet when your regular veterinarian is closed. We always have a doctor and caring nurses on premises whenever your pet is hospitalized. We will take care of any needs that may arise overnight. Special attention is paid to the management of pain in all of our patients. The latest pain relief protocols are used to control patient discomfort.
How can I avoid an emergency situation with my pet?
Follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding all relevant wellness care. Prevent traumatic injury by keeping pets under control at all times. When your pet ventures outside, always keep it on a leash. Never leave your pet alone in an unattended car. Pet proof your home by removing all potential hazards from your pet’s reach. If your pet is coping with a chronic illness, carefully follow your primary veterinarian’s recommendations regarding medication administration and check-ups.
What happens if my pet passes away?
In the unfortunate event that your pet cannot survive the illness or trauma it has suffered, we offer painless euthanasia and cremation services. You may also choose to privately care for your pet after it is deceased.

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