There's little doubt that veterinary medicine has come a long way in recent years, with notable advancements in technology and education corresponding to high-quality medical care for pets.
Not only do dogs, cats, and other animals now have access to preventative care on par with their human owners, but many facilities offer diagnostic imaging, surgery, physical and alternative therapies, and more.
With the multitude of options available, some owners are left wondering exactly what type of pet services they really need (and exactly when their pets need them). Here at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray, PA, our staff can help you determine the best type of care for your pets, especially when urgent care is required.
Emergency Pet Care vs. Urgent Care
Think about a situation where you might dial 9-1-1 or head to the local ER. Much like in human care, veterinary emergency services are just that: services for an emergency that can't wait.
Emergency care for your pet would be used for any life-threatening condition that warrants immediate medical attention, such as ingestion of a poisonous substance or trauma to the body from being hit by a car.
Urgent care matters are pressing, but do not put your pet in grave danger. Usually, urgent care patients still need to be seen before their next scheduled appointment.
Common Conditions Treated at Urgent Care
Situations that might warrant a trip to urgent care for your pet include:
- limping or favoring one side that goes unresolved
- Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
- A pet refusing food or water
- A pet that won't go to the bathroom (for more than 24 hours)
If you believe your pet needs urgent care, but you're not sure, don't hesitate to call. We have a veterinarian and staff on duty six days a week. You can also call our regular office number to be connected to our After Hours Assurance program.
Emergency Care would cover more critical conditions, such as pale gums, rapid or slowed breathing, paralysis, seizures, uncontrolled bleeding, and more.
What to Expect during an Urgent Care Visit
If your pet needs urgent care, our veterinarian will do a quick assessment and look for signs of illness or injury. Your pet may also need diagnostic tests including blood work, ultrasound, or X-Rays. As a pet owner, it's best to remember these tests will only help your pet and will aid the veterinarian in determining the best course of treatment.
For more information on urgent care and other services at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, please call 724-941-5484. You can also visit us at 211 E. McMurray Rd, McMurray.