Acting quickly during an emergency can be what saves your pet’s life during a dire situation. If you suspect that your pet is facing a major health crisis, it is critical to reach out to an emergency vet in Auburn for immediate assistance. Our emergency vet services at Auburn Oaks Animal Clinic are available for critical care needs during business hours, and we recommend Auburn University Small Animal Teaching Hospital for after-hours emergency situations.
When Should You Visit an Emergency Vet?
If you suspect that your dog or cat has been exposed to or ingested a toxin, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 886-426-4435 is a great resource and will work with us to help develop an appropriate treatment protocol. A fee may apply for their services.
If you believe your pet is experiencing an emergency, please reach out to us right away for guidance at 334-780-3300 between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday. For after-hours emergencies, please contact Auburn University Small Animal Teaching Hospital at 1220 Wire Road in Auburn at 334-844-4690.
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within five minutes
- Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
- Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)
- You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than two episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
While preparing to obtain veterinary medical help:
- Try to remain calm.
- Contact us at Auburn Oaks Animal Clinic between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday-Friday, inform us of the situation, and get first aid advice.
- Keep your pet warm, as quiet as possible, and keep movement to a minimum if there is possible trauma, broken limbs, etc.
- Obtain a suitable container such as a strong cardboard box. Place a blanket or thick towel over the patient. Tuck it in carefully or maneuver the pet onto the blanket so it can be gently placed in the cardboard box or directly into your car.
- Get to the veterinary hospital as soon as possible, but drive carefully!