Recognize when you need to bring your pet to a BluePearl emergency pet hospital.
Important Coronavirus Update:
Our hospitals are open and we are doing our best to keep you, your pets and your community safe during the COVID-19 crisis. With 80+ hospitals across the country, each hospital is taking extra precautions based on the current situation of the location. If you’re pet is in need of emergency care, please use the Find a Hospital tool to visit your BluePearl location’s web page or call to learn more about the precautions being taken in your area prior to your visit. Also be sure to follow the safety protocols outlined by the World Health Organization.
Acting quickly in an emergency may save your pet’s life
If your pet is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, contact your nearest BluePearl pet hospital right away.
Most of our hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a full medical team to help treat pets in a crisis situation. While some emergencies are apparent, others are not. Knowing more about your pet’s vital signs can help you recognize if your pet needs immediate medical attention. In this video featuring ER veterinarian, Dr. Kevin Kelly, we review basic methods of monitoring your pets vitals to help you learn more about some symptoms of distress.
Be alert to these conditions with your pet
Hit by a car or had any other major traumatic event
Convulsions or seizures
Ingested poison or a toxic substance (here’s a list of common household dangers)
Persistent or severe vomiting or diarrhea
Lethargy or lack of appetite
Swollen or distended abdomen
What to do in an emergency
Call the closest BluePearl emergency pet hospital and let them know you’re coming. This will help prepare our emergency team.
Don’t give your pet any medication without first checking with your veterinarian. Many common human medications can be toxic to pets.
Be careful handling an injured pet. Even the most gentle pet could bite or scratch you when they’re hurt.
Use a carrier to transport your cat.
Dogs may be transported using a heavy blanket or flattened cardboard as a stretcher.
If your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, bring the substance with you.
Bring any medications your pet is currently taking.