Pets can suddenly develop symptoms that indicate a health problem. At other times, an injury or more extreme health issues can occur. Sometimes, pet owners are unsure whether their pet is having an emergency or simply a matter that needs prompt, veterinary care. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when deciding when to see your vet. At Mission Hills Pet Care Center in Mission Viejo, we provide prompt urgent and emergency care when pets need it.
What Is Pet Urgent Care?
An urgent care situation for your pet is one in which prompt treatment is advisable to eliminate symptoms and help your pet be more comfortable. These include a number of common problems, such as sneezing and coughing that indicate respiratory infection, diarrhea, constipation, urinary tract infection, skin rashes, ear infections, limping, and other injuries. Although these problems cannot be considered an emergency, you should make an appointment with your vet to diagnose and resolve the problem.
Emergency Care For Severe Illness or Injury
A veterinary emergency is one in which the life of the animal is in jeopardy or it is clearly in grave distress. Cases of severe bleeding from a car accident or a fight with another animal, breathing difficulty, seizures, inability to urinate or defecate, inability to move, loss of consciousness, or heatstroke are emergencies that require immediate veterinary care.
It’s always a good idea to call the vet’s office to let them know you are coming in for care and to allow them to clear some space in the office schedule to see your pet. During your emergency visit, the veterinarian will provide a comprehensive examination and tests to pinpoint the problem, so appropriate care can be administered as quickly as possible. If the office is unable to see your pet, we can direct you to the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic.
Make Mission Hills Pet Care Center Your Veterinarian in Mission Viejo
Dr. Wright and our team at Mission Hills Pet Care Center are committed to providing the highest quality veterinary care for all our patients in Mission Viejo and the nearby communities. We offer a full range of services, including pet wellness exams, vaccinations, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, parasite prevention, and microchipping.
Our animal clinic also treats rabbits and pocket pets. We participate in insurance alternative programs such as United Pet Care and Pet Assure. Call our team today at (949) 206-1988 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.