If your pet is currently experiencing an emergency, please call (716) 839-4043 immediately! Below is a list of what you should do in an emergency as well as a few examples of what actually may constitute an emergency. However, this is not a comprehensive list. Always remember, you are the best judge of your pet’s normal behavior. If you even suspect trouble, you are probably right. Be safe and reach out to us immediately.
What to do in an emergency…
Initiate first aid. Call us immediately to help you walk through the crucial first minutes of the emergency.
Bring all of your pet’s medications if they are immediately available.
Bring a sample/container of whatever poison your pet may have been in contact with.
Bring your cell phone.
Print off driving instructions to VEC, if you don’t already know how to get here.
Transport pets in a carrier or restrained, especially if you are traveling alone.
Have a household member come with you to help comfort your animal and assist with driving directions and mobile phone contact with VEC medical staff.
Bring a favorite animal toy, blanket or bed to comfort your pet.
What Constitutes an Emergency?
Lethargy, uncharacteristic behavior
Ingested foreign object
Blue or pale gums
Suspected exposure to or ingestion of toxic substances such as antifreeze, ibuprofen, chocolate, onions, grapes or houseplants
Open mouth breathing, especially cats
Convulsions or Seizures
Trouble urinating (especially in male cats)
Prolonged labor or difficulty delivering babies
Foaming from the mouth
Inability to walk
Refusal to eat