Urgent Care


Urgent pet care refers to any medical attention required for life-threatening health conditions. Situations that may require an immediate visit to an animal clinic or your veterinarian include the following: 

  • Bleeding from the mouth, ears, nose, or anus
  • Being hit by a car or any other motorized vehicle
  • Any type of bleeding that has not subsided in over 5 minutes
  • Ingestion of a poisonous substance
  • Bitten by another animal
  • Seizure
  • Difficulty breathing, choking, or gagging
  • Falling from a great height
  • Noticeable pain that is characterized by favoring one side or limping
  • Any type of eye injury
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Not drinking or eating for 24 hours
  • Birthing difficulties
  • Not defecating or urinating for more than 24 hours

How to Handle Pet Emergency

If a pet emergency occurs, it is important for you as an owner to know exactly what to do. Here are a few tips for handling an emergency situation:

  • Do not panic. It is extremely important to stay calm. If you panic, the risk that you will make decisions that can worsen the situation is much higher. 
  • Have an emergency plan. Even if you believe that an emergency situation will never happen, it’s still important to be prepared for the worst.  
  • Be cautious. An emergency situation is a stressful experience for your four-legged friend, too. During an emergency situation, your pets may act irrationally.
  • Know how to handle your pet. You should transport your pet to a hospital with extreme care. You can use a make-shift stretcher that will make transportation much easier and will not cause any extra pain or discomfort to your pet. 
  • Know first-aid basics. Your pets may need immediate help. It’s good to know at least some basics of first-aid in order to help them. 
  • Comfort them. An emergency situation is scary for your pets. One of your primary tasks is to comfort them and help alleviate any stress or fear. 
  • Contact an emergency veterinarian. Explain to a veterinarian what exactly happened and that you are on your way. You veterinarian may also tell you what to do in order to help your pet.

Southside Veterinary Hospital

If an emergency situation occurs and you need to see an emergency veterinarian, our animal hospital located in Vero Beach, FL is here for you. We are committed to helping your pets live the best and healthiest life possible. Our veterinarians are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments and will do their best to help your four-legged family members. In addition to emergency pet care, our hospital offers other veterinarian services, including pet exams, pet vaccinations, and others. Do not hesitate to stop by or give us a call 772-562-7845.

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