If your pet is behaving strangely, it may be time to call an emergency vet. Our team at Hillsdale Animal Hospital can help. We’re proud to serve the residents of Advance, NC, and their pets.

Hillsdale Animal Hospital is fully staffed and trained to triage and treat most non-critical emergencies. If your pet needs emergency care during our office hours, call us at 336-477-2440 so that our medical team can give you immediate advice. If your pet requires emergency care when our hospital is closed, please contact Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Winston-Salem at 336-896-0902. Their emergency team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Adding a new dog or cat to your home is a rewarding experience. However, accidents do happen, and pet emergencies can be very stressful. 

Unfortunately, our pets can’t talk to us to let us know what’s wrong. Sometimes, taking your dog or cat to the vet can wait till morning. Other times, however, you’ll need a cat or dog emergency vet. If you’re wondering whether or not your pet is experiencing an emergency, check out our guide below for help deciding when it’s time to call the emergency vet. 

When to Call The Emergency Vet

Several signs may indicate it’s time to call your emergency vet. Reasons to take your dog or cat to the emergency vet may include:

  • Difficulty urinating or defecating: If your pet is having difficulty performing regular bodily functions, they may have a tumor, bladder stone, or a neurological condition.
  • Difficulty moving, dragging their legs, or a general weakness: If your pet is having mobility difficulties or showing a general weakness, they may have problems with their heart, spine, lungs, or brain. It’s imperative to get them checked out immediately so a veterinarian can recommend the best course of action.
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea: Knowing when to take your dog to the emergency vet for vomiting can be difficult. However, if your pet is repeatedly vomiting, has diarrhea, or has blood in their vomit or stool, it’s time to call an emergency vet.
  • Loss of appetite or not drinking water: If your cat or dog suddenly lacks an appetite or isn’t drinking water, they may have ingested something that’s making them ill.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I wait to take my cat to the vet for not eating? 

Cats can be picky eaters and will reject food if they’re not interested. However, if your cat or kitten has begun eating a lot less or isn’t eating at all, they may have an illness. You’ll want to call your vet if you notice any extreme changes in your cat’s dietary habits.

When should I take my cat or dog to an emergency vet?

If your pet is exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior such as lethargy, limping, or an unusually aggressive temperament, you’ll want to call a vet as soon as possible.

Why do emergency vets take so long?

Having to endure an emergency vet wait can feel agonizing. However, emergency animal hospitals often have several pets they are helping in order of urgency or severity of the problem. In that case, you may have to wait for one or two hours.

Can you call an emergency vet for advice?

Emergency veterinarians provide crucial animal care. When you call an emergency vet, they can help answer any questions you may have.

Call Us Today

Emergency veterinarians are experts at handling unexpected animal treatments and are available to help answer any questions about your pet’s symptoms and advise you on the steps you should take if your pet is experiencing unusual symptoms.

If your pet is experiencing an emergency in Advance, NC, Hillsdale Animal Hospital is your local solution for both emergency pet care and routine wellness care. Call our clinic today at 336-281-3344 to schedule an appointment for your pet.