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Critical Care

Do you know where to turn in the event of a pet emergency?

As a loving pet parent, you never want to see your animal family member experiencing any kind of distress. Unfortunately, unexpected illnesses and sudden accidents can occur at any time. The team at Small Animal Hospital wants you to know that we’re in your corner.

Our hospital is equipped to provide life-saving critical care at a moment’s notice. With clinicians who are skilled in emergency medicine, we’ll quickly diagnose the problem and deliver timely and effective care. Most importantly, we’ll handle your best friend’s case with the utmost compassion, doing everything possible to achieve a positive outcome.

Some of the signs that your pet may require urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of a toxic substance or foreign object 
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts, lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours
  • Bleeding
  • Trauma, such as from a fall or being hit by a car
  • Swollen or tender abdomen
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Lameness
  • Disorientation
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Convulsions/seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

If you notice any of these signs, seek help right away. At Small Animal Hospital, we always recommend calling ahead when an emergency occurs. This allows us to evaluate the situation, offer first aid instructions over the phone and prepare for your pet’s arrival. Of course, should the nature of your pet’s emergency be too urgent for a phone call, please don’t hesitate to come directly in for immediate attention.

We sincerely hope you never face the need for emergency veterinary care. If you do, however, we want you to know who to call. The team at Small Animal Hospital will be here to provide the highest level of care available.

Should you need emergency assistance after-hours, please contact one of our after-hours care partners:

UrgentVet - For After Hours Care

UrgentVet Fort Myers
6880 Daniels Pkwy, #2
Fort Myers, FL 33912

Florida Veterinary Referral Center
9220 Estero Park Commons Blvd, Ste 7
Estero, FL 33928

Small Animal Hospital


3307 Railroad Street
Fort Myers, FL 33916




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