Emergency Care

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We do emergency care at the clinic 5 days a week and we accept emergency cases. We can perform emergency surgery, however pets in severe conditions may be referred nearby to a 24 hour emergency facility. If you have a pet emergency please call and come in right away. In a critical care situation every second counts. It is best to call before coming in so that we can advise you over the phone and prepare for your arrival at the hospital. Emergencies can include car accidents, poisoning, dog and cat fights, chocolate ingestion, cuts and sudden illness. During emergency situations our critical care team will help your pet, and if necessary may perform dog surgery or cat surgery to save your pet’s life.

We also provide urgent care for non-life threatening situations. If you feel your pet needs to be seen right away please call so that we can do our best to “squeeze” you in around the scheduled appointments. At Brecksville Animal Hospital we operate as an open hospital and we welcome our pet owners to be with their pets during any surgical or medical procedure.

Signs of an Emergency

These urgent veterinary crises require immediate attention:

  • Your pet has lost consciousness and can’t wake up.
  • Your pet has suffered a seizure.
  • Your pet has stopped breathing or you are unable to detect a heartbeat, or there is something stuck in his or her throat.
  • More than 24 hours has passed and your pet still has vomiting and/or diarrhea, or there is blood in the vomit.
  • Your pet has blood in the urine or feces, or the feces is black and tarry.
  • You suspect a broken bone.
  • Your pet is bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • You suspect your pet has ingested a poison or toxin, including medications or household cleaners.
  • Your pet exhibits signs of severe pain.
  • Your pet is unable to get up after collapsing.
  • Your pet seems to have difficulty seeing.
  • Your pet seems disoriented and is running into things.
  • Your pet has heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke include
  • Your pet’s abdomen is hard, swollen, or bloated.
  • Your pet is gagging and trying to vomit.
  • Your pregnant dog or cat has gone more than 3 to 4 hours with no progression during delivery of puppies or kittens.
  • Your pet is unable to urinate.

Call us immediately at 440-525-8350 if you have an emergency or urgent care situation.