Emergency Pet Care

While Animal Emergency Center’s focus is to provide your pet with quality critical care and monitoring, there is simple first aid you can administer for major medical events before arriving for emergency services. Remember, providing first aid is not a substitute for professional veterinary care.


Apply firm, direct pressure over the bleeding area until the bleeding stops. Avoid bandages that cut off circulation.

Heat Stroke

Symptoms include rapid or difficult breathing, vomiting, high body temperature and collapse. Seek immediate veterinary care.


Check to see if animal is choking on a foreign object. If an object is removed from the throat and the animal still is not breathing, place the animal with its right side down. Close the animal’s mouth and exhale into nose, not mouth, until chest expands. Cover the nose with a handkerchief or a thin cloth if preferred. Exhale 12 to 15 times per minute. At the same time, apply heart massage with other hand. The heart is located in the lower half of the chest behind the elbow of the front leg. Place hand over the heart and compress the chest 1 to 2 inches for large animals and 1 inch for small animals. Apply heart massage 70 - 90 times per minute.


Symptoms include excessive salivation, loss of control of urine or stool, violent muscle twitching, and loss of consciousness. Move pet away from any objects that could be harmful. Use a blanket for padding for protection. Do not put yourself at risk by restraining the animal during the seizure. Time the seizure; it usually lasts only 2-3 minutes. Afterwards, keep the animal calm, quiet and cool.

Other Emergencies

  • Sudden Weakness or Severe Lethargy
  • Sudden Difficulty or Inability to Walk
  • Ingestion of a Toxin, Plant, or Medication (Either Human Medications or Pet Medications) at Higher than Recommended Doses
  • Straining to Urinate and/or Producing Little or No Urine
  • Severe Trauma, Such as a from a Fall or Car Accident
  • Dystocia – Difficulty during Labor
  • GDV (Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus) Also Known as Bloat

If your beloved pet suffers an injury or falls ill when your regular vet has closed for the day, remember Animal Emergency Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact us at 702-457-8050 or hurry in. Click here to see our complete hours of operation.

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