Knowing what to do 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.

Be alert to these conditions with your pet

  • Hit by a car or had any other major traumatic event
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Convulsions or seizures 
  • Ingested poison or a toxic substance (here’s a list of common household dangers)
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • 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.