Westbury Animal Hospital
713.723.3666 · 4917 S. Willow Dr. Houston, Texas 77035 

Don’t let the Sun Set upon...

What constitutes an emergency for your pet?

Emily Gaugh, DVM, MPH

When I was in veterinary school we had a saying that no matter how tired you are at the end of the day, you should never let the sun set upon certain types of conditions, and then this list of conditions was drilled into our heads repeatedly. So how do you as an owner know when your pet requires medical attention?

Basically, if you are worried enough to consider calling the clinic, it should be important enough to be addressed. At Westbury, our technicians are available 24 hours to help you with your emergencies and to give advice on whether your pet needs to be seen. We have a doctor in the hospital until midnight every day of the week and on call from midnight till 8AM.

You should always call the vet for the following emergency conditions:

  1. Respiratory Distress, abnormal breathing patterns, near drowning or open mouth breathing in cats
  2. Seizure, fainting or collapse
  3. Straining to urinate
  4. Any time a pet is hit by a car or similar trauma even if the pet looks normal
  5. Any wound that is bleeding or a bite wound
  6. Toxic or foreign ingestions such as rat bait, antifreeze, toys, sago palm, and chocolate
  7. Vomiting or diarrhea that occurs more than two or three times in an hour
  8. All eye injuries- don’t blow these off!
  9. Heat stress even if the pet has recovered (there could still be internal damage)
  10.  Hunched up appearance from pain or abdominal discomfort

It is always important to keep your pets complete medical records on file especially if your pet is on any medications. Bring these records, pill bottles, and any other important information with you to the vet. 

If you think your pet is having an emergency, if possible call the clinic ahead of time so that we can be better prepared for your arrival. We need to know your name and phone number, what kind of pet you have including breed and age, as well as the nature of your emergency.

 We are here to assist when you need us!


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