You know your pet best. If you’re worried or unsure, we always recommend that you come to the ER. If your pet is experiencing abnormal breathing, active bleeding, severe trauma, lethargy, etc., they should be seen by an emergency veterinarian.
But if you think that your pet can wait until tomorrow for care (and your vet isn’t available), then an Urgent Care appointment would let you wait at home comfortably. Urgent care is for non-life-threatening cases.
It really varies, so it’s a smart idea to call your veterinarian first to see if they can see your pet for an urgent or last-minute appointment. They may be able to advise you. Some examples of the kinds of patients Urgent Care can help with are animals with: cuts, scrapes, bites, runny stool, skin problems, ear problems, change in stool, weight loss, abscess, limping without severe pain
We can’t make that decision for you—any medical recommendations need a doctor’s exam. The best recommendation we have for you is that if you’re worried and can’t decide, come in. If your regular vet is available, you could also call them to see if they have time for an urgent appointment.
Urgent Care is for when your pet is injured or sick, but not life-threatening. Seeing your regular vet is always the best option for minor illness or injury, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. Urgent Care is great if you feel that your pet needs care sooner than you can get an appointment with your family veterinarian. Plus, our team has the option for emergency and intensive care should your pet need it.