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Pet Emergencies

Our Pensacola Veterinarian Staff Offers Emergency Pet Care for Cats, Dogs & Other Animals

At Brentwood Animal Hospital, we understand a pet emergency can be stressful and scary. Our Pensacola veterinarian team has years of experience helping cats, dogs, and other animals during urgent medical crises.

Husky getting an emergency checkup at his vet.

Common Animal Emergencies Seen by Our Pensacola Vet Staff

We can treat urgent medical emergencies at our facility or refer pet owners to other clinics for continued care or after hours attention. A few of the most common emergencies include:

  • Pregnancy and whelping complications
  • Bloat
  • Heatstroke 
  • Electrocution and burns
  • Blunt trauma including broken bones and head injury (e.g., hit by a car, fall from heights, physical abuse)
  • Bites, lacerations, and wounds
  • Dehydration 
  • Addison's crisis
  • Allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock
  • Near-drowning
  • Foreign body obstruction and choking
  • Accidental poisoning (e.g., with toxic food, rat poison, household chemicals, etc.)
  • Caval syndrome (heartworm-related acute cardiovascular failure) 
  • Cystitis

Signs Your Pet May Be Suffering an Emergency

Call your local vet immediately if you witness any of the following:

  • Known major trauma (you may also see or infer that your pet ate something toxic)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Obvious wounds, broken bones, or bleeding
  • Seizures and collapse
  • Struggling to urinate or defecate
  • Restless and anxious behavior
  • Increased vocalization
  • Sudden swelling, especially in the belly
  • Weakness, lethargy, disorientation, and uncoordinated movements
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours (or if there is blood present)

If you notice any of the above signs, first make sure that you and your pet are in a safe place. Carefully move or pick up them up (using a towel or blanket can help) and bring your pet to a nearby emergency clinic. If possible, call the animal hospital as you're on your way to the team can prepare for your arrival. 

Call a vet immediately with any concerns about your pet's health. No worry is too small! We can guide you on what to do based on the situation.

What to Expect with Emergency Pet Care 

During an emergency situation, vet teams get to work immediately to determine what's causing the medical crisis, what can be done to prevent the condition from getting worse, and how to relieve the symptoms. Common emergency pet care includes:

  • Diagnostic imaging and lab tests
  • Emergency surgery
  • IV fluids
  • Overnight hospitalization and observation
  • Flushing of the stomach and/or administration of emetics
  • Medications
  • Follow-up care as indicated

Are You Having a Pet Emergency in Pensacola, FL? 

Contact our animal hospital now at 850-434-2646 to connect with a veterinarian in Pensacola, FL. We offer sound, professional, efficient, and compassionate care in a time of urgent need. We're also happy to direct you to other nearby emergency animal clinics during after hours.