Lakewood, CA residents ask what to do in a pet emergency and where to find an emergency vet clinic

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Emergency Vet Clinic in Lakewood CA area
Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. You give love, provide care, and establish a relationship with this new furry family member. What happens when your pet is injured or sick? Emergencies can be stressful and worrisome. Located in Lakewood, CA, Bloomfield Animal Hospital offers emergency care and partners with additional emergency vet clinics for patients in need of urgent pet care.

Tips to keep your pet safe

As a new or experienced pet owner, you know that prevention is the best medicine or treatment. At Bloomfield Animal Hospital, we understand that pets are part of the family. You want to keep your pet safe and avoid potential problems. Keep your pet safe with the following tips:
  • Avoid toxic products.
  • Make sure your yard is enclosed and leashes are secured.
  • Have identification on your pet.
  • Do not leave your pet unattended in the car.
  • Maintain regular vet appointments.
Pets are curious and want to explore. Remember that not everything around your pet is safe. Certain foods and products, such as chocolate or cleaning supplies, can be toxic to animals. Know what may be potentially toxic or dangerous to your pet. Keep dangerous products out of reach to minimize your pet’s exposure. If your pet is exposed to toxins, contact your vet immediately.

Always keep your dog on a secure leash or harness while walking. If your pet is playing in your yard, make sure the yard has a sturdy fence without holes. Both of these keep your dog safely within your limits. This keeps him/her from running off, getting lost, or potentially getting injured by a car. For additional safety, make sure your pet is microchipped or has identification on his/her collar.

What to do in a pet emergency

What to do in a pet emergency  in Lakewood CA area Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are, the unexpected is always possible. Disasters and emergencies do not happen on a schedule. Whether your pet has ingested something toxic, is vomiting, has had a seizure, or is injured, problems need to be addressed. When an emergency strikes, it is important to stay calm to lessen the stress and tension around you. You do not need to make your children or pets fearful. Remember the following tips:
  • Do not wait. Time is precious in an emergency. Even minor symptoms can quickly worsen. Early diagnosis and treatment ensure faster, better care for your pet. It also keeps the problem from worsening and needing additional medication or potentially more invasive procedures. Seek veterinary help as soon as you see that something is wrong.
  • Keep your pet calm and warm. If your pet is ill or injured, it can be stressful for him/her. Assess the area to make sure there are no additional threats to anyone’s safety. Then, keep your pet warm and quiet. Keep movement at a minimum in case there are internal or spinal injuries. Have someone help you move your pet to the carrier or car.
  • Do not medicate. Medications for people and pets are different. Do not give your pet human medication as it could cause bigger problems. If your pet has been treated for the same issue or condition in the past, contact your vet before giving the medication to ensure it is still okay.
  • Contact your vet and know the protocol for emergencies. As soon as you get a new pet, you should start regular appointments for checkups and vaccinations. This helps prevent potential problems. It also establishes a relationship with your veterinarian. At Bloomfield Animal Hospital, our team is committed to keeping pets safe and healthy. When emergencies occur during office hours, priority is given to those pets. However, we understand that the unexpected does not always happen when it is convenient. For after-hours emergencies, we partner with several trusted emergency vet clinics including:
    • Crossroads Animal Emergency at 562-645-6937
    • Long Beach Animal Emergency at 562-735-5200
    • VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital at 714-623-7374

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New Patients: (562) 383-7788 | Existing Patients: (562) 402-9717
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Pets are your companions and family members. They deserve love and attention. It is your responsibility to help keep them safe. When an emergency occurs, you need to get them quality care.

If your pet is injured or seems off, do not hesitate to contact our office. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jose Arambulo and Bloomfield Animal Hospital in Lakewood, CA today. Call (562) 383-7788.
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Bloomfield Animal Hospital is a trusted name in pets’ preventive, medical, surgical, and emergency care in Lakewood, CA. With a 30-year history as a family-owned pet clinic, it’s reputed for providing modern services in a warm, friendly environment. It’s one of the few veterinary hospitals to be AAHA-accredited.

Dr. Jose Arambulo, owner and chief veterinarian is experienced in treating eye, ear, and skin disorders and is especially interested in internal medicine, dentistry and soft tissue surgery. The hospital also utilizes the services of board-certified veterinarians, Dr. Ann Reed – Radiologist, and Dr. Fred Brewer – Cardiologist.