24-Hour Emergency Care
Is it an Emergency?
An emergency can be defined as a sudden, generally unexpected condition requiring immediate care. In some cases, it may be difficult for a pet owner to determine if a situation is indeed a true emergency. Our caring staff can help in making that decision and we never worry about “unnecessarily” examining an animal that may not be in a crisis.
Emergency cases are seen in the order of arrival with exceptions being made for life threatening problems. We make every effort to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety while awaiting treatment.
If possible please call us at Hickory Veterinary Hospital (610-828-3054) prior to your arrival so we can be better prepared for your needs.
As a pet owner the unfortunate truth is that at one time or another your companion may need a trip to the emergency room. It is important to recognize what situations constitute an emergency and to react quickly and calmly to those cases.
The most important guideline is if you are concerned about your pet call the emergency hospital. You know your pet the best and if he or she does not “seem right”, there is no harm in coming to the hospital.
Some symptoms to help determine if the situation is an emergency:
- Straining to urinate
- Convulsive seizure
- Pale gums or tongue
- Labored breathing
- Suspected poisoning
- Prolonged labor
- Rapid or shallow breathing
- Sudden change in behavior
- Sudden, severe lameness
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Persistent cough or sneezing
- Excessive thirst or urination
- Abnormal nasal discharge
In an emergency situation seconds count. Now you can have your pet examined and cared for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our hospital is staffed around the clock by a team of dedicated doctors and technicians ready to provide your pet with the best care available.