Some situations require immediate care, and we are available to provide some urgent care services during our normal hours. For critical cases, we will often recommend transfer to a trusted 24/7 facility after our team is able to stabilize your pet. If possible, please call in advance, as it will help our staff be prepared for your pet’s arrival.
Signs your pet may need emergency care:
- Pale gums
- Rapid breathing
- Weak or rapid pulse
- Change in body temperature
- Difficulty standing
- Apparent paralysis
- Loss of consciousness
- Excessive bleeding
Pets who are severely ill or injured may try to bite, claw, or act in an aggressive manner toward those trying to help them. Approach any injured or sick pet slowly and calmly. Say their name and see how they respond before attempting to touch them. Call for help if the pet reacts aggressively.
For dogs, fashion a makeshift stretcher if the animal is unable to move. Make sure the neck is supported.
For cats, slowly place a blanket or towel over the head to prevent biting. Slowly lift them into an open-topped carrier or box.
Elevate and apply pressure to any bleeding wound.
If you think your pet has eaten something poisonous, call us at (561) 626-5020 immediately. After hours, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists will assess your pet and what they ingested over the phone and then recommend what action should be taken.