Cedar Park Animal Clinic is equipped and has the trained staff to meet your pet’s needs during an illness.
Emergency and Critical Care
In the event of an emergency, we recommend contacting our emergency vet in Cedar Park at one of the following 24-hour emergency clinics:
Clinics located in Round Rock:
Central Texas Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Clinic: 512-892-9038
Heart of Texas: 512-744-4644
Clinics located in Austin:
Austin Vet Emergency and Specialty Clinic: 512-343-2837
Pet Specialist of Austin: 737-241-5756
Lakeway Vet Clinic: 512-263-5864
We cover all areas of internal medicine, including: Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Oncology, and Endocrinology, among others.
Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.
Therapeutic Laser Therapy
We are happy to now offer therapeutic laser therapy for various medical conditions. One of the most beneficial uses of the therapeutic laser is for chronic pain management. The treatments take anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes, are painless, and can be a wonderful drug free approach to pain management.
Fully Stocked Pharmacy
We stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal health care field.
Emergency and Critical Care
In any emergency, seconds count. Our experienced emergency vet in Cedar Park is equipped to administer the ABCs of basic life support – Airway, Breathing, Circulation/Cardiac compressions. Emergency care is offered during regular business hours. In addition, we use the services of a local, fully staffed emergency center.
We have a fully stocked hospital / ICU room. Here we have IV set ups, fluid pumps, cage and fluid warmers, oxygen cages, and many other tools to aid in the complete care of our sick patients.
We have an in-house laboratory where we can perform a CBC and a Blood Chemistry Profile on your pet.
We stock a full line of prescription diets to meet all your pet’s health needs.
How to Recognize Pet Urgent Care and Emergencies
Here are ten pet emergencies and the symptoms to watch for.
1. Vomiting and Diarrhea
Most cases of vomiting and diarrhea in dogs are due to an upset stomach. Perhaps they ate something they shouldn’t have while playing in the yard or on a walk. If your furry companion isn’t feeling better the next day, watch for the following symptoms:
Vomiting that lasts more than 24 hours
Diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours
Loss of appetite
Your pet is lethargic or seems weak
Your pet appears to be in pain
Call us if your dog or cat displays any of those symptoms.
2. Difficulty Breathing
If you notice your pet struggling to breathe, that can be a sign of a serious health issue. Respiratory distress in a pet can come from a number of causes including physical trauma, heart failure, cancer, allergic reactions, and toxins. So it’s a good idea to call your emergency vet in Cedar Park to schedule an appointment.
We may want to perform a radiograph of your pet’s airway to detect any issues. Also, try to take mental notes of whether your pet’s breathing is labored, rapid, or abnormal. We might need this information to help diagnose your pet’s condition.
Bloat, or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV), is when a dog’s stomach becomes twisted. It’s a life-threatening condition for dogs that requires emergency care.
Large breed dogs, such as Great Danes and German Shepherds, are most susceptible to bloat. Signs of bloat include:
Inability to settle
Unable to vomit
Shortness of breath
Bloat is a condition that can worsen in a dog rather quickly. Survival rates greater than 80% are associated with emergency medical attention. Don’t hesitate to act if your pet is showing symptoms of bloat. Call us or an emergency facility right away.
4. Dog Bite Wounds
A dog bite wound may appear to be nothing more than a little nick. However, that bite could’ve caused serious damage beneath the skin. It’s possible that your pet’s muscle, skin, and fat were torn apart by the bite. Those tears can create an air pocket beneath the skin where an infection can develop.
Bites can be hard to detect depending on the fur thickness of your dog. And bites usually come in pairs. Bite wounds to the chest or abdominal cavities have the potential to be life-threatening. Contact your emergency vet in Cedar Park immediately for even the smallest bite wound.
5. Physical Trauma
Physical trauma to a pet can result from a variety of injuries. A fall, being hit by a car, and animal bites are some of the more common injuries. Your pet might not appear to be seriously injured on the outside. However, inside could be a different story as internal bleeding or a ruptured organ is possible.
If you suspect that your pet has suffered any type of physical trauma, bring them in immediately. This includes any type of blunt trauma such as being hit by a car, falling, or being harmed by another animal.
Pets can suffer poisoning in a variety of ways. Dogs can eat foods that are dangerous to them such as grapes, raisins, or chocolate. Cats can consume lilies. Both dogs and cats can swallow rat poison, human medications, pesticides, bleaches, essential oils, or toilet cleaning tablets. Become familiar with substances around your home that may harm your pet.
The faster you get your pet medical treatment, the better the chance the poison can be treated. So be sure to have fast access to a pet poison control hotline. Those hotlines are great resources during an emergency. The longer you wait, the more apt the poison is absorbed into the digestive system.
Seizures are electrical disturbances in the brain that are sudden and uncontrolled. They can be single or multiple (clusters). A seizure can happen at any time and at any frequency.
Seizures causes can have intracranial or extracranial causes. Intracranial causes are triggered by issues such as epilepsy, brain tumors, and swelling of the brain. Extra-cranial causes are triggered by other health issues such as low blood sugar or electrolyte disorders. An epileptic seizure is the most common type suffered by dogs and cats.
Seizure symptoms include the following:
Any seizure can be life-threatening for your pet. Seek immediate medical attention from our emergency vet in Cedar Park.
8. Difficulty Urinating
Urinary issues are something you might not expect your pet to have. You walk your dog multiple times each day or set up a private litter box for your cat. So you might not give it much thought.
But pay close attention to make sure your pet is urinating. If your pet isn’t urinating or is straining to do so, there might be a medical issue at play that goes beyond a urinary tract infection.
Straining to urinate can be a sign of crystals in the bladder. Blood clots, cancer, and inflammation can all cause urination difficulties. The inability to pass any urine for longer than 12 hours is potentially life-threatening and needs immediate medical assistance.
9. Eye Issues
Ocular issues are such that they can lead to loss of an eye or blindness if left untreated. Any eye trauma should be evaluated by a veterinarian.
Symptoms of eye issues include:
Chronic eye pawing
Call us if your pet displays any of these serious signs.
Insect stings are a medical concern most common during the summer months but can happen any time of year. An unfortunate sting in the wrong place can make your pet very itchy.
Signs that your pet has been stung include swelling around the face or a case of hives. Severe allergic reactions to a sting can cause the airway to swell. That will affect your pet’s breathing. But severe reactions are mostly associated with multiple stings.
Call us immediately if you notice a dramatic swelling increase or if your pet goes into anaphylactic shock.
Your Pet’s Hero During an Emergency
You are your pet’s world. They repay the care you give them with cuddles, licks, and loyalty. When they get sick, it’s scary for both of you, especially since they can’t communicate to you what the issue is. So take a deep breath, focus, and stay calm. Your pet needs you now more than ever.
As tempting as it might be, don’t start searching the internet for symptoms. Instead, call us immediately. Above all, that’s why we’re here. To give your pet the same care you provide, especially in times of a medical emergency.
If your pet experiences any of the symptoms listed above, give our emergency vet in Cedar Park a call right away.