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When to Bring in Your Pet for Urgent Care

Many times, pet owners find it difficult to determine whether their pet’s condition requires urgent care. Identifying a real medical emergency when the patient cannot talk is not easy. Knowing when you should make a midnight call or visit to the vet can mean saving the life of your furry friend. Some conditions can wait until the following morning, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. The following are tips to help you know when to bring your pet for urgent care.


Injury or Trauma


If your pet is injured in an accident or through an attack from another animal, urgent care is vital. The animal may have visible injuries that need to be taken care of immediately, such as bleeding. In other cases, the injuries may not be visible. Your pet still needs care if this is the case. It is better to be safe than sorry. Urgent care for your pet can help to save his/her life.


Repeated Diarrhea or Vomiting


If your pet vomits or has diarrhea several times, you need to take him to the vet. If you see blood at either instance, do so immediately. While in some cases vomiting may be due to food poisoning, it can also be due to a serious illness. Many animal ailments exhibit these symptoms. Non-productive retching should also be a cause for concern.


Swallowing Foreign Objects


Most animals constantly try to eat anything that they think looks edible. Due to this habit, many pets end up swallowing foreign objects. This can be very dangerous, as your pet may choke or ingest something toxic.  If your pet swallows anything that is not food, getting urgent care is essential.


Seizures and Difficulty Breathing


An animal having seizures or experiencing difficulty breathing is a reason to call your veterinarian or ER. If your pet is having a seizure, you need to bring him to the vet immediately. The animal may be exhibiting symptoms of serious disease where delay can be fatal. Difficulty breathing is often a sign of illness that has progressed. Your pet may manifest a cough if this is the case.


High Fever and Coughing


If your pet has a high fever, you should take him right to the vet. The fever will often be accompanied by restlessness. If the animal refuses to eat or drink water, it may be due to illness. You should also look out for constant coughing and the inability to sleep or rest. Taking him to the vet for urgent care will help to avert a serious condition.

Determining the seriousness of your pet’s condition can make the difference between life and death. When your pet is exhibiting symptoms in the middle of the night, you need to know what action to take. Other symptoms to look out for include a distended abdomen, pale gums, and jaundice. It is not worth taking a chance when you can wake up to find that you waited too long. You do not need to live with the knowledge that your beloved pet died because you waited.



At Eastern Animal Hospital, you may call us 24/7 and your call will be answered. We offer Urgent Care/Emergency hours during our regular business hours, M-F 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, and select weekend days. Should you need Urgent care or Emergency care after 9:00 pm, you may call our hospital for further instructions or call one of the 24-Hour Emergency Hospitals below:


Animal Emergency Hospital - Bel Air: 410-420-7297

Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic:  410-224-0331

Townson Pet ER: 410-252-8387


Remember, keep our number next to your other emergency phone numbers. For more information about pet urgent care, call Eastern Animal Hospital at 410-633-8808 today.

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