Pet Emergency Care

When your pet is sick or injured, we’re here to help. Alpine Animal Hospital is staffed round-the-clock and prepared for your emergency pet needs.

Not sure if it’s an emergency?

Our dedicated team can help walk you through common scenarios of pet emergencies, if care can be provided at home, and how to safely transport your pet to our facility. Call us right away if you need assistance.

What is an Emergency?

Emergency situations that warrant veterinary care may include:

Toxic Ingestion:

Many normal household items can cause serious or fatal health risks when ingested by our pets. Poisonous plants, household chemicals, pesticides and insecticides, human medications and overdoses of pet medications are some of the most common. If you’re not sure if something your pet ate is poisonous, it’s best to call. Please have any packaging, labels, or any relevant information available for our emergency team.

Injuries:

Minor injuries may be managed with simple first aid at home, but pets with lacerations, fractures, open wounds or severe lameness should receive urgent care. If you are not sure of what type of care your pet needs, please call and speak with a member of our staff.

Vomiting, Diarrhea and Appetite Loss:

Depending on the degree of severity, duration and the overall status of your pet, these problems may need urgent attention.

Foreign Object Ingestion:

In some cases, vomiting may be induced for small, smooth objects if the ingestion occurred less than a few hours prior. Esophageal foreign objects can be very problematic and cause esophageal damage and perforation. Some objects may pass through the entire GI tract without causing obstruction. It is always best to speak with a veterinarian and have your pet examined to determine the best course of action.

Difficulty Breathing:

Signs of respiratory distress such as labored breathing, inability to get comfortable, and fatigue with minimal activity warrant urgent care.

Abdominal Disorders:

Pets with acute abdominal pain and bloating of the abdomen should be evaluated for pancreatitis, gastric dilation/volvulus, and other emergent conditions.

Weakness and Collapse:

These symptoms can indicate severe circulatory compromise or neurologic disorders and warrant urgent care.

Seizures:

If your pet has a sudden onset of seizures, or is a known epileptic and has cluster seizures, they should be seen for veterinary care right away.

Difficulty Passing Urine:

Straining to urinate, especially in male patients, can be a sign of urinary obstruction due to movement of bladder stones into the urethra. Urgent care is warranted.

Ocular Emergencies:

Injury to the eyes, sudden eye pain or redness, or extrusion of the eye out of the socket (proptosis) warrant emergency veterinary care.

Difficulty with Parturition (Birthing):

Pets in stage 3 labor for more than an hour should be evaluated by a veterinarian in case emergency C-section is warranted.

Still not sure? Please feel free to call our hospital at any time if you’re not sure if your pet needs urgent care.