Emergencies happen – and at the Emergency Pet Clinic of Corpus Christi, our specialty is in providing Emergency Care and Surgery when your pet is in need. We are available at the times when your routine veterinarian is not – Monday to Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am, and 24 hours on weekends. Our hospital is fully equipped to diagnose and treat your pet, and our staff has the experience necessary to care for your pet when minutes count.
Not sure if you have an emergency? Call us (361) 992-2873 and talk to one of our professional team members. We can help determine if your pet needs urgent/emergency care, or if there may be measures you can take at home to care for your pet until your family veterinarian is available.
What is a pet emergency?
Common situations or symptoms in which emergency/urgent care is recommended include:
- Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction):
Reactions can occur to insect bites, vaccines, and other exposures. Severe reactions can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, facial swelling, hives, or collapse.
- Abdominal pain or distension:
The onset of acute abdominal pain may indicate serious problems such as pancreatitis or bowel obstruction. Abdominal distension can occur with emergency conditions such as gastric dilation/volvulus, rupture of an abdominal tumor, liver disease, heart disease and pyometra (uterus infection).
- Bite wounds:
Wounds caused by an attack by another animal can often be more severe than they appear on the surface, with underlying tissue damage and contamination. It is important to have these wounds examined by a veterinarian right away.
Fainting or collapse can indicate serious cardiovascular disease, shock, or neurologic disease.
Severe diarrhea or bloody diarrhea can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances; some causes of diarrhea can have high morbidity and mortality such as canine Parvovirus.
- Eye emergencies:
Acute glaucoma, corneal lacerations and ocular trauma require emergency intervention.
- Gastrointestinal foreign objects:
Mechanical and chemical damage can be caused by various foreign objects, not to mention obstruction and bowel perforation.
- Neurologic symptoms:
Tremors, seizures, incoordination, loss of limb function (such as may be seen with intervertebral disc disease/spinal compression).
Severe uterine infection in intact females.
- Respiratory distress:
Respiratory infections, heart conditions, chest trauma, asthma, smoke inhalation, and tumors in the chest cavity can lead to respiratory distress.
- Toxic ingestion:
Several common household items, garden chemicals and plants can cause toxicity in pets.
Many pets who suffer blunt trauma can have injuries such as pulmonary contusions (lung bruising), pneumothorax (leak in the lung), or internal bleeding – even without any outside signs. Thus, vehicular trauma and blunt trauma require urgent assessment of the patient.
- Urinary obstruction:
Inability to urinate can be due to urinary stones lodged or urethral plugs in cats formed by crystals, mucous and inflammatory cells.
Vomiting can have many possible causes but should be treated as an emergency when there is repeated vomiting, vomiting with blood, weakness, collapse or abdominal pain/distension.