Urgent Care: Reliable After-Hours Veterinary Care for Hattiesburg MS Area Pets
Since our veterinary hospital focuses on providing emergency veterinary services for pet health care issues that occur after normal business hours, we have an excellent urgent care process. The Hattiesburg and Petal communities have come to rely on our services, as they know we always have a veterinarian on site.
- Phone consultation—When you are not sure if your pet needs to be seen and your primary veterinary office is closed, you can call our office and speak with our trained veterinary staff. Oftentimes, our highly qualified staff can address your questions and concerns over the phone. For more complicated issues, they can put you in direct contact with the attending veterinarian. You can also check the AVMA’s list of pet conditions that should receive immediate attention and the list of our recommendations below.
- No appointment necessary—When your primary veterinary office is closed and your pet needs immediate emergency veterinary care, you can come straight to us.
- Triage—The most critical patients are seen first at Emergency Vets and pets are seen in the order in which they arrived at the clinic.
- Treatment care plan—Our attending veterinarian will work with you to determine the best course of action. He or she will explain the findings of the exam and diagnostics and will provide you with an estimate of cost prior to medical treatment.
- Transition—When your pet is ready to return home or to the care of your primary veterinary clinic, your pet’s medical records will be sent directly to your primary veterinarian and you will receive a copy for your records.
What Constitutes an Emergency?
If you are unsure, do not hesitate to contact us. Some conditions that we recommend always receive veterinary care include:
- Snake bites with swelling around the wound
- Being hit by a moving vehicle
- Being in active labor for more than three hours with no deliveries or having partial delivery that is not completed for greater than 15 minutes
- Sudden weakness, unresponsiveness, or collapsing
- Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours
- Repeated unsuccessful attempts at vomiting or the appearance of choking
- Refusing to eat or drink for more than 24 hours
- Labored breathing for more than 20 minutes
- Seizure activity lasting more than 10 minutes or more than twice in 24 hours
- Eye pain and difficulty keeping the eye(s) open
- Swollen faces and welts on the body
- Difficulty urinating for more than an 8-hour period
- Blood in stool or urination
- Being attacked by another animal
- Having a wound in which flesh is exposed
- Suffering gunshot wounds
- Complications following surgery or recent hospital treatment
- Ingesting prescription medication, poisonous plants (mushrooms, glycolrapes, sago palms), anti-freeze (ethylene glycol), or rat poison.
The staff of Emergency Vets is here to support you and your pet during stressful times. Whether your pet needs emergency veterinary surgery, diagnosis of pet illness, or more intensive veterinary care and monitoring, our team of experienced veterinarians will work with you to provide the best treatment care plan possible.