When Seeking Animal Emergency Care
At Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital, we are well-equipped to handle emergency cases during our regular business hours. Our state-of-the-art facility, advanced equipment, and skilled doctors mean we are prepared to treat any type of pet emergency; however, if you pet needs animal emergency care outside of our business hours, please refer to one of the practices below.
After-Hours Emergency Care
Emergencies do not stick to a schedule; they can happen at any time. When your pet needs urgent care after our normal business hours, contact one of the following hospitals:
Animal Poison Control
Many substances that are harmless to humans are toxic to pets. Additionally, many of the household items that would make you sick will make your pet sick, too. If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, contact us immediately. Signs of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and lethargy. Additionally, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has a comprehensive reference library of toxic substances. You can call their 24-hour hotline 365 days a year at (888) 426-4435.
The Most Dangerous Toxins
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in artificial sweeteners such as those in chewing gum or sugar-free candy and can be lethal. Similarly, the naturally occurring sugars in grapes raisins, and prunes are dangerous as well. Owners should take their pet to the emergency hospital IMMEDIATELY if any of these are ingested. Additional dangerous kitchen toxins include onions, garlic, chives, chocolate, caffeine, and macadamia nuts.
Other household toxic substances that warrant an immediate emergency care visit include antifreeze, rodenticides, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Signs Your Pet Needs Urgent Care
Pets try to hide pain and discomfort, so it can be difficult to tell when they are having an emergency; however, there are some telltale signs to watch for. If you see your pet exhibit any of the following, seek emergency care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Excessive diarrhea or vomiting
- Swollen abdomen that is hard to the touch
- Disorientation and trouble walking
- Injuries from blunt force trauma
- Blood in urine, stool, or vomit
Please contact us with any questions about animal emergency care. If you suspect urgent care is needed, we are always ready and willing to offer you guidance on the next steps in seeking care.