Emergency Care


During regular hospital hours, American Pet Hospital is fully equipped to provide your pet with emergency care, including:

  • Emergency stabilization
  • Laboratory testing and x-rays
  • IV fluid therapy, pain control, infection treatments
  • Wound and fracture care
  • Treatment for poisonings or seizures
  • Referrals to specialty facilities

We understand that a medical emergency can be a frightening experience for you and your family and since our hospital staff members are also pet owners we understand the love you have for your pet. Every patient seen at American Pet Hospital receives the utmost veterinary care and attention from the time he or she comes into the hospital until the time he or she leaves. Our hospital is staffed at all times by skilled doctors and technicians, capable of handling the most complicated and demanding emergencies offering our clients and patients quality patient care and client satisfaction. We stand by our commitment to provide you and your pet with the most advanced veterinary medical diagnostics and treatment in a caring, compassionate atmosphere.

American Pet Hospital offers the best in medical technology to our patients. Our advanced technology gives our doctors and highly trained staff members the necessary tools to provide the best possible care. Oxygen support, blood pressure monitoring, transfusions, ECG, incubators, radiology and fully-equipped surgery suites with complete anesthetic monitoring capabilities are ready for providing the best care and diagnostics for your pet. Our complete in-house laboratory can provide diagnostic laboratory test results in just a few minutes. This allows us to treat your sick or injured pet as quickly as possible. Having an in-house lab also means that our patients can be routinely monitored throughout their stay allowing for immediate treatment adjustments as needed.

The following are some indications and situations when you should seek veterinary emergency care:

  • Hit by car
  • Unconsciousness
  • Physical trauma
  • Foaming from mouth
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Blue, purple or pale gums
  • Cat exhibiting open-mouth breathing
  • Cat straining to urinate
  • Bleeding heavily
  • Profuse vomiting or diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Ingestion of toxins, medications or any suspect substance

Emergency Surgical Procedures We Provide:

  • Cesarean section
  • Endoscopy: foreign body retrieval
  • Enterotomy / Gastrotomy
  • Exploratory laparotomy
  • Gastric dilatation volvulus (Bloat)
  • Gastrointestinal Foreign Body Removal
  • Hemoabdomen/Acute Abdomen Treatment
  • Intestinal Resection/Anastomosis
  • Laceration / Wound repair
  • Proptosis / Prolapse Repair
  • Pyometra
  • Splenectomy

Is This An Emergency?

Many diseases can have similar signs, but vary in severity.

View this page for a list of signs or conditions that would typically be associated with potentially serious conditions.

Call anytime and speak with one of our technicians for advice.

The following list is signs or conditions that would typically be associated with potentially serious conditions.

  • Increased rate and/or effort in breathing
  • Shallow or delayed breathing – gasping
  • Bleeding
  • Wounds
  • Changes to Oral Gum Color (should be pink)
  • Distended or Bloated Belly
  • Persistent Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Changes to Alertness
  • Convulsion/Seizure
  • Loss of Balance
  • Dog or Cat Fights
  • Sudden Deterioration of Chronic Illness
  • Eating suspected poisonous plant (click here for link to ASPCA Poison Plant page)
  • Exposure to any chemicals/toxins (click here for common Pet Health Toxins)
  • Eye discomfort, severe itching, hives, facial swelling
  • Straining or unable to urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Difficulty or Unusual Delay in Delivering Kittens or Puppies
  • Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
  • Pain, Discomfort or Acute Lameness
  • Trauma
  • Trembling/Shaking
  • Fall from Height
  • Bites from Wildlife

If you are still unsure as to whether or not you have an emergency case, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (209) 549-8387

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