There’s never a good time for an emergency, and we understand it can be frightening when you’re facing an emergency with your pet. At Community Pet Hospital, the needs of your pet come first. Our state-of-the-art facility and skilled veterinary care offer great comfort to you as we are able to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat your pet’s emergency.
The first question to ask yourself is whether your pet is in an emergency situation. Please call us at 503-489-4808 whenever you have a concern, and we will help you decide what course of action to take.
After Business Hours
Signs of an Emergency
These urgent veterinary crises require immediate attention:
- Your pet has suffered a seizure
- Your pet can’t control bladder or is urinating outside of the litter box
- Your pet is vocalizing in the litterbox, struggling to urinate, or is urinating small amounts
- More than 24 hours have passed and your pet still has vomiting and/or diarrhea, or there is blood in the vomit
- Your pet has blood in the urine or feces, or the feces is black and tarry
- You suspect a broken bone
- Your pet was involved in a fight with another animal
- Your pet is bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth
- You suspect your pet has ingested a poison or toxin, including medications or household cleaners
- Your pet exhibits signs of severe pain.
- Signs of pain can look like heavy panting, not wanting to go up or downstairs, and/or pacing or constantly shifting positions
- Your pet is unable to get up after collapsing
- Your pet has had heatstroke.
- Signs of heatstroke include Panting, Dehydration, Excessive drooling (ptyalism), Increased body temperature – above 103° F (39° C), Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body, Rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeats, Shock, Stoppage of the heart and breathing (cardiopulmonary arrest), Fluid build-up in the lungs; sudden breathing distress (tachypnea), Blood-clotting disorder(s), Vomiting blood (hematemesis), Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool, Black, tarry stools, Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding, Changes in mental status, Seizures or Muscle tremors, Wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken gait or movement (ataxia), Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened
- Your pet’s abdomen is hard, swollen, or bloated
- Your pet is gagging and trying to vomit
- Your pregnant dog or cat has gone more than 3 to 4 hours with no progression during delivery of puppies or kittens
Of course, no one knows your pet better than you do. If you ever feel that something is just not right and suspect a serious problem, don’t hesitate to contact us or bring your pet in. We recommend keeping our information in a handy place so when you are in an emergency, you have our number readily available.
We will make every effort to accommodate your pet’s needs while keeping your specific desires in mind.