Here when your regular veterinarian is closed.
Even with the best preventative care, pets can and do get sick or injured. Furthermore, some issues may not be too serious or seem too serious but are causing your pet obvious misery may merit prompt attention, and we’re more than happy to administer pet urgent care in these situations. A pet emergency, on the other hand, needs to be recognized for what it is and responded to as quickly as possible by your Greensboro, High Point and Kernersville veterinarian. “Red flags” of a pet emergency include:
- Ingestion of a toxic or poisonous substance, from human foods such as xylitol, chocolate or garlic to household cleaning agents or automotive fluids
- Hot-weather fainting, seizures and other signs of heat stroke
- Fractures, lameness, severe lacerations and other signs of serious trauma
- Bleeding from the orifices
- Choking, gagging and other respiratory crises
- Eye injury
- Inability or refusal to drink water or eat food
- Lengthy periods between delivery of puppies or kittens in a litter (difficult labor)
- Unexplained disorientation, dizziness or loss of consciousness
- Digestive system emergencies – One of the most common digestive emergencies is gastric dilatation-volvulus. GDV (“bloat”) is a twisting of the stomach that prevents the passage of food and calls for emergency surgical intervention.
- Heat stroke – Heat stroke may be due to the combination of hot temperatures, lack of water/shade and a brachycephalic (flat-nosed) face. When the body loses its ability to regulate its internal temperature, fatal organ failure may result. Our emergency care can stabilize your pet’s temperature.
- Urinary emergencies – Bladder stones, kidney stones, internal lesions and other obstacles in the urinary tract may cause dangerous urinary blockages, causing toxins to build up in the blood. Catheterization to remove the blockage, combined with fluids to dilute the toxins, can save your pet’s life.
- Difficult labor – Dystocia, or difficult labor, can endanger the lives of mother and babies alike. Your Greensboro veterinarian can provide careful manual assistance to facilitate a normal delivery. If normal delivery turns out to be impossible, we can perform a Cesarean section.
- Poison or foreign object ingestion – Many of the substances and objects that tempt your pet can have disastrous effects on his insides. We can provide the correct form of poison control to neutralize or remove a poisonous substance without doing further damage to your pet’s digestive system. Foreign objects can be removed manually or surgically, depending on their location in the body.
- Respiratory emergencies – Severe asthma, allergic reactions, choking and other respiratory emergencies can suffocate your pet without prompt care. We can take whatever steps are necessary to open up the airway and relieve the cause of respiratory constriction.
- Shock – Shock is a serious complication that often accompanies trauma. The pet’s circulation, blood pressure, and many other functions rapidly decline, while breathing and pulse become rapid and/or weak. Shock can be fatal if not managed promptly.
- Lacerations – Deep lacerations of the skin and underlying tissues may occur due to collision with cars, unfortunate encounters with barbed wire or fights with other animals. Uncontrolled bleeding can throw your pet into shock, while the open wound presents an easy entry for dangerous infections.
- Degloving injuries – Degloving injuries, which typically involves the paws or tail, is the removal of significant patches of skin and underlying blood vessels. Like lacerations, degloving injuries can lead to shock, severe blood loss and infection.
- Fractures – Falls, collision with cars, fights and other incidents may cause one or more bones to fracture. Fractures may be simple or comminuted (multi-piece) in nature, requiring surgical repair. A compound fracture, in which the bone protrudes from the skin, is also a significant infection risk.
- Organ damage – Fights, falls, collision with cars and other incidents can cause your pet’s eyes, ears or internal organs to sustain damage. This type of injuries can cause massive internal bleeding, and the organs themselves may either stop functioning or operate at a drastically reduced level.
- Foreign body injuries – Bullets, nails, knife blades and other foreign objects can pierce an animal’s body to create a traumatic injury. In addition to the bleeding and other damage these injuries create, the object itself be become lodged in your pet’s body.
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After Hours Care
Mon: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Tues: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Wed: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Thurs: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Fri: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Sat: 24 hours
Sun: 24 hours
After regular business hours - Guardian Vets is here!
We are pleased to provide extended hours emergency consultations from a licensed veterinary professional. These individuals will help you determine if you will need to bring your pet in for veterinary care. To reach one of our on-call professionals:
- Call our main number: (336) 288-2688
- When prompted, press 1.
- Your call will automatically be connected to a licensed veterinary professional who will triage the emergency. No sitting on hold, no leaving a message with a service.