If you have a pet emergency, please contact one of the following emergency resources immediately. These facilities are open and fully staffed 24/7 for constant ER care. Remember, it is important to remain calm and seek care as soon as possible in an emergency situation.
Exotic and Pocket Pets
Neel Veterinary Hospital — (405) 947-8387
Animal Emergency Center – Located 25 min from our clinic on I-240 – (405) 445-0401
Oakridge Equine Hospital — (405) 359-5002
Small Ruminants or Cattle
Oklahoma State University Teaching Hospital — (405) 744-7000
Frequently Asked Questions
If you feel your pet is in an emergency situation, please call the emergency hospital immediately. We have selected a recommended 24 hour emergency facility for small animals, horses, and ruminants. The choice we have made in regards to these hospitals is a direct reflection of their ability to provide complete and competent care around the clock to your animals. These hospitals are designed and staffed in order to handle veterinary emergencies in the best way possible.
How do I know if my pet needs to see a doctor on Emergency?
There are certain types of illnesses/injuries that are almost always an emergency:
- Animal attack
- Bleeding wounds
- Collapsing episode
- Difficulty breathing
- Straining/unable to urinate, especially in male cats and dogs
- Dystocia (difficulty birthing)
- Hit-by-car indicents
- Ingestion of medications, poisons or foreign objects
- Large breed dogs with “dry heaves”
- Severe diarrhea/vomiting
- Shock (weakness, pale gums, cold feet and elevated heart rate)
My pet has ingested something that may be toxic. Now what do I do?
If you are concerned that your pet may have ingested something poisonous, you should call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1.888.426.4435 for specific instructions. If they instruct you to bring your pet to the hospital, they will provide you a case number that will allow the emergency doctors to contact them for further information on your individual pet. Be sure to bring this case number with you.
How can I be prepared for an emergency?
- Have the emergency hospital’s number posted on your refrigerator for easy access.
- Know how to handle emergencies for which your pet may be high risk
Example: Know what is “normal” for a dog’s whelping experience, and how to trouble shoot common problems before your dog goes into labor.
Example: Be aware of common problems within your breed. For example, small breed puppies like yorkies and chihuahuas struggle with low blood sugar, so be sure to have some karo syrup or nutrical on hand.
- Ask your veterinarian what information might be helpful for your particular situation. For example, if you live in a wooded area, your pet may be at a higher risk for snake bites. Your veterinarian can help you be prepared in the event of a snake bite.
- Keep some over-the-counter medications handy that can be helpful for common illness/injuries.
For allergies or insect stings, Benadryl is safe for cats and dogs. The dose is 1 mg/1 lb up to every 8 hours. This means that a 25 lb dog gets one 25 mg Benadryl, and a 7 lb cat would get ½ tsp (2.5ml) of children’s liquid Benadryl (25mg/ml).
For a mild fever, or a mild injury (like a sprained joint), Baby aspirin, or low dose aspirin, is a safe anti-inflammatory/pain medication for DOGS ONLY. The dose is 5mg/1lb, so a 20 lb dog would get approximately 1 baby aspirin (80 mg tablet). An 80 lb dog would receive one adult or full dose 325 mg tablet. This is also available for purchase in pet stores with common doses printed on the label. It is safe to use this dose every 12 hours for up to 3 days.
Please note: Ibuprofen and Tylenol are NOT acceptable for use in dogs or cats.
For mild nausea or indigestion, Pepto-bismol can be given for a mild upset stomach. The dose is 1 tsp per 20 lb. It can be repeated every 6 hours for a 24 hour period only. Please note that pepto-bismol will often cause stools to appear black, and this is a normal side effect.
Famotidine can also be given for indigestion or stomach acid. Give small dogs (under 30 lbs) or cats a half of a 10 mg tablet, and larger dogs (over 30 lbs) a whole 10 mg tablet once daily for 7 days.
As always, do not hesitate to contact an emergency hospital if you feel your pet is in an emergency situation.