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Emergency Services

Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre offers 24-hour emergency veterinary care every day of the week. As a pet owner in the Winnipeg area, you can enjoy the added peace of mind in knowing that you're never alone in the event of a pet medical emergency. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can always call us if your pet needs urgent medical care for any reason.

Common Conditions Treated

There are a number of common emergency conditions we treat here in our office. For instance, we see a lot of allergic reactions here in our office that, if left untreated, could become life-threatening very quickly. This can be an allergy to a certain food your pet has eaten, though skin allergies are also a possibility. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are also common reasons people bring their pets into our emergency care clinic. Broken bones and other trauma, such as from a car accident or other incident, are also commonly seen here in our office. Our staff is trained to handle these types of trauma and we will do our best to help calm your pet down and perform the right treatment to relieve pain and ensure proper healing. Some other common emergency or urgent conditions we see here in our office include:

Common Conditions seen by Urgent Care (not all inclusive):

• Cuts, bleeding or lacerations

• Injured/torn toenail

• Fight or bite wounds/injuries

• Ear injury or infection

• Eye injury or infection

• Urinary infections

• Skin infections

• General malaise or lethargy

• Sports injuries

• Limping or lameness • Stomach upset: including inappetance, vomiting and/or diarrhea

• Increased body temperature (Canine and Feline over 103F, please call for other species)

• Change in attitude or alertness

• Ingestion of unapproved or unknown substance or objects

Emergency Situations (NOT all inclusive):

• Difficulty breathing

• Pale, white, or grey gum color

• Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding

• Prolonged or uncontrolled seizure activity

• Significant blunt force trauma (i.e. hit by car or animal fight)

• Ingestion of toxic substances (xylitol, antifreeze, cocoa mulch, Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.)

• Inability/ excessive straining to urinate or defecate

• Facial swelling and/or hives

• Staggering or loss of balance/coordination

• Bloated or distended painful abdomen

• Uncontrolled vomiting and/or diarrhea

• Sudden loss of vision or changes in awareness

• Uncontrolled and/or debilitating pain

If your pet is experiencing any of these conditions, then we recommend you give our office a call so we can see your pet immediately for an evaluation and treatment.

When to Seek Emergency Care

Sometimes, your pet may have some symptoms but you're not sure whether or not emergency care is needed. Of course, no two pets will react the exact same way to the same illness or injury, but there are some specific symptoms that would almost always warrant a trip to the emergency vet. These include:

• inability to keep down food

• deep cuts and wounds

• broken bones

• difficulty breathing

• ingestion of toxins

Even if you're not sure if your pet is encountering a medical emergency, it's always better to be safe rather than sorry.

Call Our Office Today

We always have an emergency vet available here at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre so be sure to keep our phone number readily available in the event that your pet has a medical emergency. Feel free to call us any time, day or night, and we'll be sure to do what's best for your pet.

Office Hours

Main Office

Monday:

Open 24 Hours

Tuesday:

Open 24 Hours

Wednesday:

Open 24 Hours

Thursday:

Open 24 Hours

Friday:

Open 24 Hours

Saturday:

Open 24 Hours

Sunday:

Open 24 Hours

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