Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

Pet Emergencies – When Do I Call The Vet?

We encourage all pet owners to have a plan in case of an emergency. Have available the number and location of your nearest 24-hour care facility in addition to the information of your regular veterinarian.

Trouble Breathing
You should be familiar with the colour of your pet’s gums. The gums should be pink at all times. If the gums become pale, purple, grey, red or blue, this is an emergency. Your pet may not be receiving enough oxygen or may be bleeding. It is very normal for dogs to pant, but if the panting becomes excessive, you should see a vet. Panting in cats is unusual, so seek care. A persistent cough, especially with frothy or pink sputum is a cause for concern.

Vomiting and Diarrhea
When a pet is experiencing repeated vomiting and/or diarrhea, they should be seen. If the vomit or diarrhea contains blood, the urgency of a visit increases. Prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea can cause dehydration.

A Bloated Abdomen
Bloat is a very serious emergency! The stomach generally bloats with food or gas and is accompanied by unproductive retching. If left, a stomach full of air can twist, putting pressure on blood vessels and restricting the flow of blood.

Trauma
Accidents happen. Situations such as being attacked, falling or being hit, can cause serious injury. After a trauma, a pet may appear normal, with clinical symptoms appearing in the hours following the incident. Any trauma or accident should be followed by a vet visit immediately.

Ingestion of a Toxin or Foreign Body
Pets are tempted to eat the strangest things. If you see or have a suspicion that your pet has eaten or chewed ANYTHING not meant to be ingested or swallowed, please contact a veterinarian for direction. Many unsuspecting things are toxic or can cause a blockage. Many vets will provide a list of common toxic items during a first puppy or kitten visit.

Seizures
Seizures are one of the scariest things for an owner to witness. If your pet is having a seizure, make sure they are in a safe, secure spot away from stairs with low stimuli. Do not put your hands near their head/mouth. Call your vet immediately.

Trouble Urinating or Defecating
It is important to monitor your pet’s elimination patterns. Straining to pass either urine or stool should not be ignored.

Not Eating or Drinking
If your pet has no interest in food or water for an entire day, please see your veterinarian. Prolonged periods without food or water can lead to dehydration and systemic issues that complicate managing/determining the cause of the anorexia.

Eye Injuries
Eye injuries can escalate quickly. Any issue with the eye should be evaluated on the day it is detected. Excessive rubbing, squinting, discharge, cloudiness and a bulging eye are some of the symptoms of concern.

Allergic Reactions
Dogs and cats can develop allergies via contact, ingestion, injection or inhalation of an offending substance. The most common symptoms of allergen exposure are hives, itching, swelling on the body, particularly of the face and tongue, and trouble breathing. Much like a person experiencing an allergic reaction, fast action is required to prevent it from progressing to anaphylaxis.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 204.253.2668.

Written by: Dr. Michelle Saydack, DVM

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital