24/7/365 EMERGENCY / URGENT CARE
Pets often get sick or injured at the most inopportune times. We know it’s stressful any time you pet needs emergency services. We will make every effort to comfortably accommodate you and your pet, as well as provide you with a comprehensible treatment plan for your pet’s condition. We see emergency and critical care cases without an appointment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Our team is focused and loving and will make every effort to address your pet’s needs as promptly and compassionately as possible. Whether the need is life saving or to ease their discomfort, we are here.
ABOUT 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CARE.
Our Emergency Department aims to provide stabilization and advanced life support of critically ill and injured patients in conjunction with other specialty departments within the hospital.
Allure is staffed with skilled and dedicated emergency doctors and technicians, highly capable of acute resuscitation of trauma patients as well as pets exposed to toxins and infectious diseases. We can provide peri-surgical and anesthetic support as well as intensive management to hospitalized patients including continuous monitoring, blood pressure support, fluid therapy, transfusion medicine and advanced pain management. The Allure team is dedicated to treating life-threatening conditions and is available 24/7.
SIGNS OF A PET EMERGENCY.
DOES MY PET NEED IMMEDIATE CARE?
If your dog or cat shows any of the following signs or symptoms, there could be a life-threatening emergency that requires prompt medical treatment. The safest option in these situations is to bring your pet in right away.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Please note, this is not an all inclusive list. Your pet could be showing other signs indicating something is wrong. You know your pet’s normal behavior better than anyone else. If something seems out of the ordinary it’s best to call to a veterinary professional at (210) 874-2727, or if it seems urgent, immediately bring your cat or dog in for an emergency examination and treatment.
- Bleeding – severe or continues for more than 5 minutes
- Blood coming from eyes, ears mouth, nose, or rectum
- Blood in urine, feces, or vomit
- Breathing difficulties, choking, gagging, or something stuck in the throat
- Broken bones (or suspected broken bones)
- Diabetic Shock
- Diarrhea or vomiting that lasts more than 24 hours or has blood in it
- Difficulty Breathing
- Dog Fight Wounds
- Ingestion (or suspected ingestion) of toxic substances
- Disorientation – suddenly begins bumping into things
- Eye Injuries
- Heartbeat that cannot be detected
- Heatstroke signs
- Ingestion of toxins or toxic foods
- Labor Not Progressing
- Loss of mobility – collapse, sudden inability to walk or stand
- Pregnancy with more than 2 hours between delivery of puppies or kittens
- Signs of severe pain – crying, shaking, sudden withdrawal/aggression
- Snake Bites
- Stomach swelling – especially when hard to the touch with unsuccessful attempts to vomit
- Traumatic injury (such as hit by car)
- Unconsciousness (cannot be awoken)
- Urination problems – straining or inability to release bladder contents (especially male cats)
- Vaccine reactions
- Vomiting and diarrhea
CRITICAL CARE / INTENSIVE CARE
Our veterinary patients that are severely ill with life-threatening disease conditions or have special needs (this may include but are not limited to: injuries, advanced or chronic disease conditions, advanced pain management cases or drug therapies) will be admitted into the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). At Allure, our veterinary nurses and staff continuously monitor ICU patients. A staff veterinarian is always present 24/7/365 to initiate treatment if there is any changeS in your pet’s medical condition while being hospitalized.
ALLURE INTEGRATED PET SPECIALISTS UTILIZES IN HOUSE BLOOD BANK FOR CRITICAL PATIENTS IN NEED
Dogs and cats have different blood types, different from each other and different from humans. Within our hospital, we maintain a blood bank which stocks typed and species-specific blood and blood components that are immediately available to our patients should the need arise.
Many diseases that veterinary specialists treat can result in anemia or other conditions such as emergencies where transfusion therapy is needed. Therefore, having immediate access to life-saving blood and blood components is critical to treating patients with certain disorders.
The blood we maintain in the blood bank is either purchased from a national blood bank, or obtained locally from a group of community donors whose families have enrolled them in our donor program.
All blood products we administer have been screened for infectious disease, and the blood “type” is determined. This is important to prevent transmission of infectious agents to your pet, and to avoid serious and possibly fatal transfusion reactions.
Our blood bank is available 24/7 should your family veterinarian need to refer your pet to our hospital for emergency treatment and critical care.