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.