Emergency Care for Pets

Emergency Care for Pets

Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre offers 24-hour emergency veterinary care every day of the week. As a pet owner in the Winnipeg area, you can enjoy the added peace of mind in knowing that you’re never alone in the event of a pet medical emergency. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can always call us if your pet needs urgent medical care for any reason.

We offer both urgent care and emergency services at our 24-7 emergency vet hospital. Unfortunately, many injuries and symptoms have the potential to become fatal if not treated properly and in a timely manner. That’s why we recommend seeking skilled veterinary care as soon as possible when your pet displays signs of serious injury, trauma, or illness. Our staff has the experience and resources available to handle any number of medical problems and will do everything in their power to provide your pet with relief from symptoms as well as proper treatment and care.



Common Conditions Treated

There are a number of common emergency conditions we treat here in our hospital. For instance, we see a lot of allergic reactions that, if left untreated, could become life-threatening very quickly. This can be an allergy to a certain food your pet has eaten, though skin allergies are also a possibility. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are also common reasons people bring their pets into our emergency care clinic. Broken bones and other trauma, such as from a car accident or other incident, are also commonly treated at our hospital. Our staff is trained to handle these types of trauma and we will do our best to help calm your pet down and perform the right treatment to relieve pain and ensure proper healing. Some other common emergency or urgent conditions we treat include:

Urgent Care Conditions (NOT all inclusive):

  • Cuts, bleeding or lacerations
  • Injured/torn toenail
  • Fight or bite wounds/injuries
  • Ear injury or infection
  • Eye injury or infection
  • Urinary infections
  • Skin infections
  • General malaise or lethargy
  • Sports injuries
  • Limping or lameness
  • Stomach upset: including inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Increased body temperature (Canine and Feline over 103F, please call for other species)
  • Change in attitude or alertness
  • Ingestion of unapproved or unknown substance or objects

Emergency Situations (NOT all inclusive):

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pale, white, or grey gum color
  • Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding
  • Prolonged or uncontrolled seizure activity
  • Significant blunt force trauma (i.e., hit by car or animal fight)
  • Ingestion of toxic substances (xylitol, antifreeze, cocoa mulch, Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.)
  • Inability/excessive straining to urinate or defecate
  • Facial swelling and/or hives
  • Staggering or loss of balance/coordination
  • Bloated or distended painful abdomen
  • Uncontrolled vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Sudden loss of vision or changes in awareness
  • Uncontrolled and/or debilitating pain

This is not an exhaustive list of the conditions and injuries we treat, but if your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, we recommend that you call our hospital immediately so we can see your pet immediately for assessment and treatment.

When to Seek Emergency Care

Unfortunately, our pets are not able to communicate with us and tell us when they’re in serious pain or need immediate help. And of course, not all pets react the same way to the same injuries or medical conditions. This is where it’s helpful, as a pet owner, to be aware of some common signs of emergencies that warrant an immediate trip to the vet. Some of the more common examples of these include:

  • Inability to keep food down
  • Deep cuts and wounds with excessive or uncontrolled bleeding
  • Broken bones and visible fractures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of toxins (chemicals, certain foods, plants, etc.)

Even if you’re not sure if your pet is encountering a medical emergency, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Contact Us

We know just how stressful it can be for you and your pet when an unexpected injury or medical problem arises. Fortunately, our hospital is always open and we always have emergency veterinarians available to assist. Give us a call any time, day or night at 204.452.0911 for guidance regarding any symptoms your pet may be exhibiting. We highly recommend keeping our number readily available so that you can reach us as quickly as possible should the need arise.