At Bloomfield Animal Hospital, we understand how important your pet is to you. We will always make time in our schedule for emergencies, and always give priority to those cases during regular hours of operation. We also provide contact numbers for several trusted emergency clinics that can be reached after hours.
As a responsible pet owner, you know when your companion is feeling good. You also know when something isn’t quite right, but it can be hard to determine if your pet is in serious distress. Use this simple checklist to know when it is time to get emergency help.
Call immediately and bring your pet in if you see these symptoms:
- Struck by vehicle – do not hesitate! Get emergency care for your pet immediately.
- Acute pain – sudden lameness, or severe or continuous discomfort.
- Birthing problems –hard labor for more than two hours, without delivering any more puppies or kittens.
- Bloat – abdominal swelling that occurs suddenly.
- Diarrhea or vomiting – the situation is continuous, or you see signs of blood.
- Difficulty breathing – pet is gasping for breath, breathing loudly, or tongue is blue.
- Difficulty urinating or moving bowels – animal does not produce urine or feces, but continues to try.
- Intense itching – biting and scratching continuously, to the point of causing self-harm.
- Loss of consciousness or coordination – pet appears to faint, be comatose, or blind, or is staggering or shaking.
- Severe burns – chemical or heat related.
- Uncontrolled bleeding – from any body part. (Apply pressure immediately.)
- Wounds – a serious laceration, at the abdomen, chest, or elsewhere.
Make an appointment to see us TODAY if your pet has these symptoms:
- Breathing problems – pet is not frantic, and may or may not cough, but eats and drinks normally.
- Burns – minor trauma from heat or chemical contact.
- Diarrhea or vomiting – pet does not seem to be in pain, and discharge does not look unusual or contain blood.
- Ear issues – ears look dirty or smell bad, or pet scratches at one or both ears.
- Foreign object swallowed – it is important that we examine your pet even if you only suspect that a foreign object was ingested.
- Foul odor – from any part of the animal.
- Itching – recurring, but pet is not anxious.
Schedule an appointment within 24 hours for these conditions:
- Intermittent vomiting or diarrhea – pet is not in pain, and you see no evidence of blood or foreign material.
- Itching – skin is not damaged or bleeding, and itching is not continuous.
- Lameness – pet limps when walking, but does not appear to be in pain.
- Loss of appetite – pet refuses food at one meal, but does not otherwise appear to be ill.
- Unusual thirst or urination – excessive drinking and elimination, but no signs of discomfort or blood.
The following hospitals are who we recommend in the case there is an emergency:
- Crossroad Animal Emergency : 11057 Rosecrans Ave., Norwalk CA 90650 (562) 645-6937
- Long Beach animal Emergency : 4720 N. Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach CA 90804 (562) 735-5200
- VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency : 18300 Euclid St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (714) 623-7374
In case you go to another hospital that we are not partnered with please make sure that you obtain the following from them when your pet is discharge. By having the following paperwork it will ensure that we can provide the best care to your pet.
- Physical examination findings
- Dosages and time of administration of medications
- Copies of diagnostic data or procedures
- All radiographs and digital images, for which the facility shall obtain a signed release when transferred
- Surgical summary
- Tentative diagnosis and prognosis, if known
- Any follow up instructions.
For three decades the people of Lakewood, CA, Cerritos, and surrounding areas have trusted us with the health and wellbeing of their companion animals. Clients know that they can count on us when a pet emergency occurs. Call (562) 383-7788 today to become a Bloomfield Animal Hospital client.