You’re starting to worry. Your pet seemed fine a few hours ago, but now they’re sluggish. They may have even stopped moving and their breathing has slowed. They haven’t touched their food or water bowl all day.

It sounds like you may be having a pet emergency. In such a situation, it’s best to bring your pet to an emergency veterinarian in Omaha as soon as possible.

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What Constitutes a Pet Emergency?

There are several can’t-miss indicators that you’re dealing with a pet emergency. If you notice one or more of these in your pet, contact an emergency vet right away:

  • Continuous bleeding
  • Shaking or seizures
  • Slipping in and out of consciousness (or totally unconscious)
  • Paralysis or limited mobility
  • Unable to stand or walk
  • Extreme body temperature fluctuations
  • Slowing heartrate and pulse
  • Labored breathing
  • Pale gums

What to Do in a Pet Emergency?

The biggest thing you can do in a pet emergency is not panic. Animals are very intuitive, and if you’re stressing out, they will start stressing out, too. Take a few deep, calming breaths. Remember to speak in an even keel.

Very gingerly, pick up your pet. Put them in their favorite carrier or simply rest them in the backseat, making sure they’re secure. Then drive them to the emergency vet as quickly and safely as you can.

Visit One Of Our Urgent Pet Care Clinics

If you’re having a pet emergency, bring them to us at Urgent Pet Care Omaha. We’re an emergency veterinarian in Omaha that is open on holidays, weekends, and weekday nights. No matter when your pet needs help, we can stop what we’re doing to offer it.

We have two convenient clinic locations for you, in Millard and Papillion. Our Millard office is led by veterinarians Scott Yonker DVM and Emily Buhr DVM. Our Papillion office is led by Kelly Westfall DVM and Doris Starks DVM.

You don’t have to have a prior appointment to have your pet seen, but if you want to learn more, call our Papillion office at 402-597-2911 or visit us at Urgent Pet Care Omaha on 8419 South 73rd Street Plaza, Suite 107.