What illness or injury is considered an emergency?
A pet emergency includes severe bleeding (that doesn’t stop within five minutes), choking/difficulty breathing/constant coughing and gagging, injuries to the eyes, inability to urinate or have a bowel movement (as well as pain with either), seizures and/or staggering, and many more that you can find here. When in doubt, bring your pet to us for an evaluation.
Do I need to contact or go to my family veterinarian first?
No. If your family veterinary clinic is closed or extremely busy when your pet becomes ill or injured, consider Burleson Animal Emergency Hospital a resource at any time day or night. Our team will work in partnership with your veterinarian as a resource in case of an emergency and will forward all information, images, and medical records after your fur baby are discharged from our hospital.
What do I do if my pet is injured?
A severely injured pet may be aggressive toward you, so it’s important to first protect yourself from injury. There are ways you can help your injured pet prepare for transport to the closest care provider.
Click here to learn more about handling injured pets.
What do I do if my pet may have eaten something poisonous?
Pets get into things, and if you think your pet has eaten something toxic, please call either your veterinarian, Burleson Animal Emergency Hospital (817) 900-2000, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435 (a fee may apply). At the Poison Control Center, expert toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet, what and how much they ate, and then make a recommendation for the best next steps.
What items should I have in a pet first aid kit?
Just as you keep a first-aid kit on hand for the humans in your family, it is essential to have a pet first-aid kit readily accessible at all times, including one at home and one for when you’re out and about.
Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for seeing a veterinarian, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives professional treatment.
Visit our First Aid Kit page to learn about what to put in your kit.