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What Is A Veterinary Emergency?

An emergency, with regards to the WisCARES program and your pet, is any medical situation, case or issue that occurs outside of WisCARES’ regular hours.

The ASPCA has a great site about dealing with medical emergencies with your pet–you can read it here.

Some examples of an emergency would be:

If your pet has been involved in a life threatening accident such as:

  • Hit by a car
  • Long distance fall
  • Massive bleeding from a wound

If your pet is experiencing a sudden illness such as:

  • Collapse
  • Seizure
  • Poison ingestion–here is a list of common pet poisons.
  • Trouble breathing
  • Bleeding from the nose, mouth, etc
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Straining to urinate without producing anything (male cats especially)
  • If your regular veterinarian has already treated you during the day but now it is the middle of the night and the situation has gotten worse.
  • Surgical complications
  • Vaccine reactions
  • Wound care

Do you believe that your animal requires immediate attention?

If so, please contact one of the local emergency clinics. WisCARES does not provide emergency veterinary medical care, though we may be able to accommodate some urgent, non-life-threatening situations. Some options in the area are:

UW Veterinary Care: (Campus location) | 608-263-7600
Veterinary Emergency Service: (Madison East, Middleton, and Janesville) | 608-831-1101

Please note our program does NOT have agreements with these clinics to cover the cost of appointments or emergency veterinary care. If you are concerned you should still call them – you will be able to reliably reach a veterinary medical professional to talk you through your concern. If your pet does need to go in, there are programs that can be used to help cover the cost of emergency care. Please visit the resources tab for further information.

Some information on this page was by courtesy of the Veterinary Emergency Services webpage.