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Nicollet Veterinary Clinic

Emergent Care

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What is an Emergent Situation?

This may vary with each animal or the experience of the owner, but we think of an emergency as a life-threatening situation.

The following are examples of conditions that may qualify:

  • Lacerations with lots of blood loss or other trauma

  • Eating, or a history of eating poison

  • Actions of the animal that are strange or very abnormal, seizures

  • Difficulty in breathing

  • Straining to urinate, painful urination, or blood in the urine

  • Frequent or uncontrollable vomiting

  • Loss of consciousness

Symptoms and behaviors of conditions that require urgent care often overlap with those that require emergency visits.

We don’t expect pet parents to be able to distinguish which is which. If you are unsure if your pet needs to be seen for an emergency appointment, call our clinic and speak to one of our doctors who will help interpret your pet’s behaviors to determine if an emergency visit or urgent care visit is appropriate.

What is an Urgent Situation?

An urgent situation is a condition that needs to be seen soon but does not qualify as an emergent situation. These conditions can typically wait to be seen during regular business hours.

Examples of Urgent Situations

The following are examples of conditions that may apply:

  • Coughing and sneezing

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Eye discharge and squinting

  • Fever

  • Not drinking or eating

  • Skin allergies

  • Mild lameness or limping

  • Difficulty walking