If you are like most pet owners, you live in dread of the news that your pet has suffered a traumatic injury. Serious internal or external damage may pose a clear and present danger, especially if your pet is at risk of going into shock. To make matters worse, these life-threatening crisis can occur at any time of day or night.
Even with the best preventative care, pets can and do get sick or injured. Furthermore, some issues may not be too serious or seem too serious but are causing your pet obvious misery that may merit prompt attention, and we’re here to administer urgent care to your pet in these situations.
A pet emergency, on the other hand, needs to be recognized for what it is, and responded to as quickly as possible. “Red flags” of a pet emergency include:
- Ingestion of a toxic or poisonous substance, from human foods such as xylitol, chocolate or garlic to household cleaning agents or automotive fluids
- Hot-weather fainting, seizures and other signs of heatstroke
- Fractures, lameness, severe lacerations and other signs of serious trauma
- Bleeding from the orifices
- Choking, gagging, and other respiratory crises
- Eye injury
- Inability or refusal to drink water for more than 12 hours or eat food for more than 24 hours
- 2 or more hours between delivery of puppies or kittens in a litter (difficult labor)
- Unexplained disorientation, dizziness or loss of consciousness
If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, or you feel like your pet requires emergency medical attention, call our office at 812-877-3087 from 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and 8 am to 11 am on Saturday, to speak with a Receptionist or Treatment Team member who can help you determine what type of treatment is needed.
After 5 pm on weeknights, and from 11 am on Saturday through 7 am Monday morning, you should contact our on-call veterinarian by calling 812-240-4016. Airport Veterinary Clinic offers after-hour emergency services to our CURRENT clients ONLY, if our Veterinarian is available.
However, Airport Veterinary Clinic is not an Emergency Clinic and we may refer you to one of the following hospitals for treatment if the veterinarian is unavailable
Airport Animal Emergi-Center
5235 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46241
IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital
5425 Victory Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
Phone: 317-782-4484 or 800-551-4879