If you have a pet emergency that requires your pet be treated in an animal hospital at night, on the weekend, or on a holiday, you may be wondering what to expect. Pet emergencies cause enough anxiety as it is; not knowing what to expect can add unnecessary stress and anxiety so we will always take the time to explain everything to you and make you as comfortable as possible.
One of the most common questions is “What can I expect at an emergency animal hospital”?
The first thing that will happen upon arriving at our emergency vet hospital is that we will check you in as quickly as possible and immediately determine if your pet needs medication to alleviate their pain. We don’t wait until after examination to administer pain meds in cases of painful trauma and broken bones because we don’t believe your fur baby should have to suffer another minute and we will immediately stabilize them as needed. The next thing we will do is examine them and discuss with you our plan to reach a diagnosis. With your approval we will perform the necessary tests and provide with a diagnosis. The doctor will then sit with you to discuss the details of your pet’s condition and the best treatment to make your pet well again.
If your pet simply needs to be treated with medication, or other treatment that requires a fairly quick, non-surgical procedure, we will provide the necessary treatment and send you home with any meds that need to continue to be administered at home.
What happens if my pet needs emergency surgery?
If they need to undergo surgery, we will explain everything in detail with you and we will start the procedure while we make you comfortable in our waiting area that includes television, Netflix, and snacks (if you need more than a snack, we will be more than happy to order pizza as well). Our staff will be there to comfort you and support you while the doctor’s are taking care of your baby. You will receive frequent updates and if you leave the facility, we will provide you with updates via telephone and text and often provide videos and pictures. We also have a quiet room available if you need some alone or prayer time.
When your pet is coming out of anesthesia, we know they will be a bit disoriented so a staff member will be right there to comfort them. There are windows to every room and every area so that a doctor can see all pets at all times so you never need to worry that your pet will be out of sight and during shift change, our doctors make rounds to see their patients just like at a regular hospital. Once your pet is stable, you are more than welcome to visit them in the hospital; we know you’ll be anxious to see them.
How long will my pet need to stay in the animal hospital?
If the doctor recommends that it would be best for your pet to stay in hospital for treatment, rest assured that your pet will have personalized attention during its entire stay. Our dedicated and experienced emergency staff will monitor your baby’s progress constantly and make vital adjustments in treatment as required. All of our caring staff treat every patient as if it was their very own. The average length of stay is 12-24 hours and we will send a full, detailed report to your regular vet so that they are kept up-to-date. Once your pet goes home, we will also call to check on your pet and make sure everything is going well. We may be an emergency animal clinic but we don’t only care for your pet, we care for you too. If you have any questions or concerns about what to expect, please don’t hesitate to ask.
If you have a pet emergency in Huntington Beach, Norwalk, or surrounding areas, we would love to take care of you and your furry family member.
- You and your pet will be met by a friendly, caring member of our team.
- You and your pet will be escorted to an exam room so we can gather vital medical information about your pet.
- The Doctor will review this information and perform a thorough physical examination on your pet.
- After your pet has been examined, the Doctor will sit with you to discuss your pet’s condition and make treatment recommendations.
- A member of the medical team will review with you the Doctor’s Health Care Plan for your pet, including going over the finances.
- Based on the severity of your pet’s condition, the medical team may decide to take your pet immediately to the treatment area.
- If other pets are in the clinic, all cases will be stabilized and prioritized based on the nature of the emergencies. The most critically-ill patients will be seen first. Please be supportive of other pet owners and their pets. Your patience is greatly appreciated.