What To Do In An Emergency
The process will be easier for both you and your pet if you know what to expect at our Tigard veterinary clinic. Here are the steps you should follow:
Call Prior to Your Arrival
We understand that it can be difficult to call us in advance, but doing so allows us to best prepare for your pet's care. If you have time, you can also complete our New Patient Form before you arrive.
Get To Our Office Right Away
One of our team members will show you to an exam room. If you have not already done so, you'll be asked to complete our New Patient Form. A veterinary technician will triage your pet, then a veterinarian will perform a full exam.
Once your pet has been assessed, our highly trained veterinarians will develop a treatment plan so your pet will receive the best possible treatment. We will keep your primary care veterinarian updated with your pet's medical history to ensure seamless, integrated care that meets your pet's needs.
Animal Emergency Veterinarian FAQs
Emergency and urgent veterinary care involves the treatment of animals in situations that require immediate medical attention or could potentially be life-threatening.
- What is considered an emergency?
These situations are considered emergencies and will require immediate care. If your pet has had an accident or is experiencing any of these symptoms, bring them to our Tigard animal hospital right away.
- Obvious signs of extreme anxiety or pain
- Bleeding that hasn't stopped, or severe bleeding
- Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Pain associated with passing feces or urinating, or inability to pass feces or urinate
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in urine
- Staggering and/or seizures
- Severe lameness, fractured bones, or inability to remove legs
- You know or suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; more than two episodes in 24 hours
- Heatstroke or heat stress
- What emergency services do you offer?
At our animal clinic, we offer quality and compassionate care for your four-legged companions in the event of an unexpected injury or illness.
Our veterinarians are equipped to triage, diagnose and treat a wide range of serious conditions during our urgent care hours.
- Do I need to call ahead?
We ask that you please call us ahead of your arrival. While we understand emergency and urgent care situations can develop very quickly, we also strive to ensure the best possible care for your pet.
Calling ahead of your arrival can help to ensure we are adequately staffed and prepared to meet your pet's needs.
- When is your emergency clinic open?
We are open from 6 pm Friday through to 6 pm Monday every week for situations requiring urgent veterinary care.
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
When you bring your pet in for urgent care at our clinic, it is very similar to a human emergency department — the pace can be unpredictable and you may have to wait.
We are not able to predict which cases we will see and when they will arrive, but we will prioritize cases based on medical need.
You'll find a comfortable area for waiting, and we will do our best to keep you updated about wait times and the status of your pet.
- Will you keep in touch with our primary care veterinarian?
Yes, the vets at our animal hospital will keep your primary care veterinarian updated with your pet's medical history and files to ensure your pet receives seamless, integrated care.
Urgent Veterinary Care
Our veterinarians are equipped and qualified to provide attentive urgent care services from 6 pm Friday through to 6 pm Monday every week.