St. Pete Emergency Animal Hospital, Veterinary ER.

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Common Veterinary Emergencies

In emergency situations, prompt and affordable care is crucial. Many emergency-only veterinary hospitals may charge significantly higher rates, while services may be performed by interns. We offer cost-effective treatment by highly qualified doctors.

  • Vomiting and Diarrhea: These symptoms can arise from simple dietary indiscretions or more serious conditions like canine parvovirus or feline panleukopenia.
  • Trauma: Including incidents like being hit by a car, falls, or attacks from other animals.
  • Toxic Ingestion: This includes consuming poisonous substances such as certain human medications, toxic plants, or harmful foods like chocolate for dogs, and onions or garlic for both cats and dogs.
  • Foreign Body Ingestion: Cases where pets swallow objects leading to potential intestinal blockages.
  • Urinary Tract Issues: Symptoms like difficulty urinating can indicate a blockage or infection.
  • Respiratory Distress: Difficulty in breathing, which could be due to asthma in cats or heart failure in dogs.
  • Seizures: These could be caused by various factors including epilepsy, exposure to toxins, or metabolic issues.
  • Allergic Reactions: Reactions can range from swelling and hives to severe anaphylaxis, often triggered by insect stings or medications.
  • Heatstroke: Caused by excessive heat exposure, including being left in a hot car.
  • Bloat (Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus): A critical condition primarily affecting large breed dogs, where the stomach twists after filling with gas.

Less Common Veterinary Emergencies

We are equipped and staffed to handle common veterinary emergencies in dogs and cats.

  • Pyometra: A serious uterine infection in unspayed female pets.
  • Acute Hemorrhagic Diarrhea Syndrome (AHDS): Characterized by sudden bloody diarrhea.
  • Myasthenia Gravis: A condition leading to muscle weakness and potential collapse.
  • Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas causing severe pain and vomiting.
  • Acute Blindness: Sudden vision loss due to conditions like SARDS or hypertension.
  • Pericardial Effusion: Fluid accumulation around the heart, potentially leading to cardiac tamponade.
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): Common in certain dog breeds, causing pain, paralysis, or weakness.
  • Portosystemic Shunt (Liver Shunt): An abnormal blood vessel bypassing the liver.
  • Thromboembolism: Blood clots causing pain and lameness, more commonly seen in cats.
  • Addisonian Crisis: A critical deficiency in adrenal hormones leading to shock or collapse.

At our St. Pete veterinary hospital, your pet’s health and well-being in emergency situations are our top priority. We’re here to provide the care and support your pet needs when it matters most.