Animal Medical and Surgical Center is proud to announce our 24/7/365 emergency services. We know how important it is to you to have a veterinarian available at any hour of the day. We are extending our general practice, surgical, and internal medicine gold standard of care to cover emergencies as well. We have a group of outstanding emergency doctors who have joined our team. They come to us with experience in busy, multi doctor, specialty and emergency rooms for pets.
Prepare for an emergency at home
- AMSC phone number: 480-502-4400
- Phone number of a friend to help or watch your house and pets while you are gone
- Basic bandaging material
- Blanket for transport
Below are some common emergencies that we see frequently
Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock – Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that needs to be treated right away. Hives, vomiting and difficulty breathing are all symptoms of an allergic reaction. The more severe the more life threatening it becomes.
Automobile injury/ Hit by car – Any pet that has been injured by a car should be seen by a veterinarian right away. Even when a pet seems to be unharmed, many life threatening injuries could have occurred inside. Animal Medical and Surgical Center always recommends immediate care by our veterinarians in the case of an automobile injury.
Bites and fight wounds – An animal bite usually results in a break in the skin but also includes contusions from the excessive pressure on body tissue from the bite. The contusions can occur without a break in the skin. It is for this reason we always recommend that your pet be seen if he/she has suffered a bite wound.
Bleeding – Bleeding can be minimal from a scratch or a torn nail to a very critical life threatening injury. If your pet is bleeding, asses the wound safely. Your pet may be in pain. If what you see is a large wound, cover it with clean dressing material and bring your pet to AMSC. In the case of minor scratches or scrapes, please contact AMSC for instructions.
Bloating, Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus – (also known as twisted stomach, gastric torsion and GDV) is a medical condition in which the stomach becomes overstretched and rotated by excessive gas content. The word bloat is often used as a general term to cover gas distension without twisting and is often a normal change after eating or with aerophagia. It is sometimes used incorrectly to indicate gastric torsion. Gastric dilatation volvulus always involves the twisting of the stomach and is a life-threatening condition that requires prompt treatment. The condition occurs commonly in domesticated animals, especially certain dog breeds. Deep-chested breeds are especially at risk.
Breathing difficulty – Any difficulty breathing in any pet is considered a life threatening emergency. We recommend that you bring your pet to AMSC right away. Please call on the way to let us know you are coming in so we can prepare for your pet.
Burns and scalds– Every burn and scald is a bit different. We recommend an exam to treat and prevent further damage to the wound as soon as possible.
Convulsions or Seizures – Seizures can present themselves at any age and for a large variety of reasons. Please bring your pet in to see our veterinarians if he/she is having a seizure. Make sure you being any medications your pet is taking and any medications your pet may have gotten into. Use caution, do not put your hands in your pets mouth.
Diarrhea or vomiting that is persistent – We recommend that you collect a fecal sample and bring your pet in to AMSC for testing and treatment. Persistent diarrhea and vomiting can be a sign of many more serious underlying problems.
Eclampsia – Tremors and shaking shortly before or after birth of puppies is not uncommon in small dogs or any dog with a large litter. Depletion of calcium can cause a life threatening heart arrhythmias. Getting medical attention immediately is a must.
Eye injury – Eye injuries can be very traumatic for the pet and the owner. Eye injuries are also painful. We recommend an immediate exam to assess the eye if your pet sustains an eye injury. Even a minor injury can develop quickly into a larger more painful problem. The key to eyes is to treat as soon as possible.
Heat stroke – This is a major concern in our area. Temperatures rise quickly and can affect our furry loved ones much quicker that it would ourselves. Preventative measures like fresh water, early morning walks and never leaving your pet in the car are a must. If your pet does show any signs of heatstroke (excessive panting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, elevated temp) Move your pet to a shaded area immediately and prepare to get him/her to the veterinarian. Do not soak your pet or place your pet in ice water. Air conditioning in the car and a cool wet towel over the body is okay.
Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis – Otherwise known as bloody diarrhea. This has many causes and getting to the bottom of it is essential for your pets’ health. Severe dehydration, ulcers and pain are just some of the concerns with Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis.
Heart failure – Signs of heart failure include but are not limited to, pounding heart beat felt in the chest, difficulty breathing, coughing, foam with or without blood produced with the cough. Any of these signs warrant an immediate visit to the ER.
Poisoning – If you suspect poisoning, please being your pet in right away. If you have access to what could have poisoned your pet please bring that package and any information you have with you. You can also call Animal Poison Control on the way to the hospital to expedite the treatment process. (888) 426-4435 You will be given a case number for our doctors to reference. There is a fee associated with this service; however we will need to call them regardless if you have started the process ahead of time. This fee will be applied to your charges at AMSC if not already paid direct to Animal Poison Control.
Unconsciousness or collapse – Please bring your pet to AMSC immediately for care.
Urinary Obstruction – Obstruction is a true veterinary emergency. Damage can be caused to the bladder and kidneys resulting in death if not treated quickly. This is most commonly seen in male cats, but can affect any species, breed and sex.