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Pet Emergency

Waukesha Walk-In Vet Clinic: Serving Emergency Needs

Pet emergencies can happen any day of the week at any time. At Waukesha Walk-In Vet Clinic, our emergency pet clinic is open seven days a week. We are committed to providing the highest standard of care for your pet, whether they are dealing with an unexpected illness, injury or serious health problem.

If you think your pet is facing an emergency, we strongly recommend that you call us at 262-549-2000 instead of filling out our online contact form so we can tend to your needs immediately. That way, our staff will be ready for your pet’s arrival so they can provide medical care quickly.

Common Signs Your Pet May Need Emergency Care

If your pet appears visibly anxious and in pain or is showing any of these common signs, they most likely need emergency care:

  • Pale gums
  • Change in body temperature
  • Refusing to eat or drink
  • Distended or bloated abdomen
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Difficulty standing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Unconscious
  • Choking, gagging, coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Lameness, inability to move legs, fractured bones or paralysis
  • Inability or pain when trying to urinate or defecate
  • Continuous vomiting or diarrhea
  • Heatstroke or hypothermia
  • Seizures
  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that won’t stop

Our Pet Emergency Services

At our emergency pet hospital, we always accept same-day walk-ins and generally have low wait times so your pet can receive the care they need right away. Whether your pet is vomiting, struggling to get up after a fall or choking on a foreign object, you can expect to see the vet quickly and have your pet’s medical needs taken care of.

Safety Tips When Dealing With a Pet Who Needs Emergency Attention

There are a few safety tips to keep in mind when bringing a pet in for an emergency appointment. Remember, you always want to stay calm, so you don’t upset your pet further.

If your pet is severely injured or ill, they could behave aggressively and try to bite or scratch you. Softy say your pet’s name and ensure they are calm and not aggressive. You want to be sure you can safely transport your pet before you try lifting them.

If you think your cat or dog may have suffered a spinal injury, use an open-topped carrier or box or create a makeshift stretcher and carefully support their head, neck and back.

Important Note on Poison Control

If you think your dog or cat consumed something poisonous, try to figure out what it was and how much they ate before seeking pet urgent care.

You can also reach out to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. They have a 24-hour hotline with a trained toxicologist who can recommend the actions you should take based on your pet’s age, health and the poison they consumed.

Contact Waukesha Walk-In Vet Clinic in Wisconsin

If a pet emergency arises, you can count on our walk-in emergency pet hospital in Waukesha to help. Reach out to us at 262-549-2000 for prompt medical attention.