What is an emergency?
Not every health problem your pet encounters will require emergency medical care. With some illnesses and injuries, symptoms may develop slowly or seem minor on the surface, thereby making it difficult to determine the need for immediate medical care.
Common emergencies seen in our hospital
- Acute swelling anywhere on the body
- Wounds or lacerations
- Any bite wound (dog, cat, snake, insect, or wild animal)
- Hit by car
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Consumption of toxins
- Ingestion of foreign objects
- Convulsions or seizures
- Eye problems
- Heat stroke
- Coughing or respiratory distress
During regular hospital hours, Fairgrounds is equipped to provide your pet with emergency care including:
- Emergency stabilization
- X-rays and lab testing
- IV therapy, pain control, infection treatments
- Wound and fracture care
- Treatment for poison and seizures
- Referrals to specialists
If your pet has an ongoing medical problem that could result in an emergency and is a new patient to Fairgrounds, please make sure that your pet’s medical records are easily accessible so that our doctors and staff can review them and offer your pet the best care possible.
What to do in an emergency?
Call your veterinarian immediately. We see emergencies during regular hospital hours Mon- Fri 7:30 am-5:00 pm. Outside of our regular office hours, please contact Animal Emergency Center at (775) 851-3600. In an emergency, we urge you to call ahead of time to give the doctors and staff time to prepare for your pet’s individual situation.
Try to remain calm, drive carefully, and follow any instructions that were given to you.
Please understand that we see all patients on a priority basis. It is possible that patients that arrive after you may be seen first. Our staff will keep you updated on our emergency status and will help answer all of your questions.