Meet Fred, Our Questions and Answers Guy

We understand that your beloved pets are part of your family, and emergencies can happen at any time. In this section, we aim to provide you with answers to the most commonly asked questions about our services, facilities, and what to do in case of an urgent situation. Whether you have concerns about our veterinarians’ expertise, our specialized equipment, or the process of admitting your furry friend, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find helpful information that will give you peace of mind in those unexpected moments. 

General Questions

What qualifies as a veterinary emergency?

A veterinary emergency refers to any situation where your pet’s life or well-being is at immediate risk. Examples include severe injuries, difficulty breathing, sudden collapse, ingestion of toxic substances, uncontrolled bleeding, and signs of extreme pain or distress.

How do I know if my pet needs emergency veterinary care?

If you notice any sudden or severe changes in your pet’s behavior, such as difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, loss of consciousness, seizures, or severe injuries, it’s important to seek emergency veterinary care immediately. Trust your instincts and contact a veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.

Where can I find a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital near me?

To find a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital in your area, you can search online directories, ask your regular veterinarian for recommendations, or contact local animal shelters or pet organizations for information. It’s a good idea to have the contact information of the nearest emergency hospital saved in case of emergencies.

What should I do if my pet is experiencing a medical emergency after regular veterinary hours?

If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency outside regular veterinary hours, contact the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital immediately. They can provide guidance over the phone and advise you on the best course of action. It’s important not to delay seeking professional help in urgent situations.

How much does emergency veterinary care cost?

The cost of emergency veterinary care can vary depending on factors such as the nature of the emergency, the treatments required, and the location of the veterinary hospital. Emergency services often involve additional fees due to the urgency and specialized care provided. It’s advisable to inquire about potential costs when contacting the emergency veterinary hospital.

Will my pet be seen by a veterinarian immediately upon arrival at an emergency clinic?

In most cases, emergency veterinary clinics prioritize cases based on the severity of the condition. Pets with life-threatening conditions or critical injuries are typically seen immediately. However, depending on the number of emergencies at that time, there may be a short waiting period. Rest assured that veterinary staff will work efficiently to evaluate and treat your pet as soon as possible.

Are emergency veterinary services available for exotic pets and wildlife?

Yes, many emergency veterinary hospitals are equipped to provide care for a variety of animals, including exotic pets and wildlife. However, it’s essential to contact the emergency hospital beforehand to ensure they have the expertise and resources to handle your specific type of animal.

What should I do if my pet ingests a toxic substance?

If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or a pet poison control hotline immediately. They will guide you on the appropriate steps to take based on the type of toxin and the severity of the situation. It’s important not to induce vomiting or administer any treatments without professional advice.

Can I provide first aid to my pet before taking them to the emergency clinic?

Providing basic first aid to your pet can be helpful in emergency situations before you reach the veterinary clinic. However, it’s crucial to remember that first aid is not a substitute for professional veterinary care. Simple actions like applying pressure to bleeding wounds, immobilizing fractures, or maintaining an open airway can aid in stabilizing your pet until they receive proper medical attention.

Are emergency veterinary services covered by pet insurance?

The coverage for emergency veterinary services can vary depending on the specific pet insurance policy you have. Some policies may cover a portion of emergency costs, while others may have exclusions or limitations. It’s recommended to review your pet insurance policy or contact your insurance provider directly to understand the coverage details related to emergency veterinary care.

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When Your Pet Ingests a Toxin

Pets can be highly sensitive to substances that are harmless to humans, including certain foods and household items. Even small amounts of these substances can be harmful to cats and dogs. If you suspect that your pet has ingested something they shouldn’t have, please contact us immediately. We will assess the situation and advise you on whether or not it poses a threat to your pet’s health. In some cases, we may recommend reaching out to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline for further assistance.

Here are some of the most common toxins that pose a significant danger to pets:

  • Chocolate: Toxic to both cats and dogs.
  • Xylitol: An artificial sweetener commonly found in gum, toxic to cats and dogs.
  • Onions, garlic, and chives: Highly toxic to cats and also a potential threat to dogs.
  • Caffeine: Contains a toxic ingredient similar to chocolate.
  • Grapes, raisins, and prunes: Specifically toxic to dogs.
  • Macadamia nuts: Can be toxic to dogs.
  • Rodent/mouse poison: Toxic to pets, regardless of the type.
  • Antifreeze: Highly toxic to dogs and cats.
  • Lilies: Extremely dangerous for cats.

Remember, if you suspect that your pet has ingested any of these substances or any other potentially harmful items, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for immediate assistance. Your pet’s well-being is our top priority.

St Francis Emergency Animal Hospital

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St Francis Emergency Animal Hospital

(954) 962-0300

6602 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines
Florida 33024