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Pet Emergencies & First Aid Care from our Omaha and Papillion Veterinarians

As a pet owner, one of the most important things you can do for your pets is to stay on top of their health and know the symptoms of a possible emergency. Being aware of common symptoms that pets often exhibit when they are distressed, injured or sick will allow you act quickly. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to know when your pet has a problem that requires emergency treatment, so here are a few of the most common pet emergencies that Urgent Pet Care of Omaha advises pet owners to be aware of.

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When a pet is having a seizure, the most common signs often include paddling with the legs, uncontrollable shaking and tremors and/or loss of consciousness as well as the possibility of loss of bowel or bladder control. Epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in pets, so it is important to remember that if your pet has been diagnosed with epilepsy, not all seizures are considered an emergency. However, several seizures occur with a 24-hour period or the seizure last longer than a few minutes, it is considered an emergency and you should immediately take your pet to Urgent Pet Care Omaha.

Breathing Difficulties

Breathing problems are serious and potentially life-threatening. If you notice your pet is wheezing, coughing excessively, has shallow breathing, choking and/or raspy breathing, it is critical that you take them to an emergency veterinarian immediately. There is a number of reasons why your pet may be having breathing problems, such as heart disease, lung disease, allergic reactions or a foreign body in their throat, so the best solution is to seek medical attention.


Collapse means your pet has experienced a loss of strength, which causes them to fall and not be able to rise. There are several reasons why this may occur, such as anemia, respiratory disease, heart disease, hemorrhage, toxicity, medications, neurological disease or musculoskeletal problems; any of which can be a serious problem, so it is recommended that you take your pet immediately to the Urgent Pet Care for a comprehensive examination.

Other Common Pet Emergencies

Urgent Pet Care wants pet owners to be aware of other common pet emergencies that need immediate attention. If you suspect your pet may be experiencing an emergency listed below, please bring them in immediately.

  • Food or Household Poisoning
  • Insect Stings
  • Animal Bites
  • Loss of Appetite or Dehydration (lasting more than 24 hours)
  • Persistent Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Extreme Pain (whining, shaking, refusing to socialize)
  • Unexplained Bleeding (from the mouth, eyes, or nose)

Contact Our Veterinarian in Papillion or Millard Immediately if Your Suspect a Pet Emergency

Some injuries and emergency situations, such as internal bleeding or poisoning may not be immediately apparent.  If you suspect any type of trauma has occurred, to be on the safe side you should take your pet to an emergency veterinarian, especially if the injuries were the result of an automobile accident. Contact our Papillion Urgent Pet Care office at 402-597-2911, or contact our Millard Urgent Pet Care office at 402-991-9444