What to Know about Getting Your Pet Emergency Care

If you have a pet, you're likely going to face an emergency at least once. No one wants to think about their pets being so ill or in pain that they have to be rushed to a veterinarian or animal hospital, but it does happen. You need to know what to do in order to get your pets the best care possible. Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, VA can help you and your pet weather the bad times so that you have more good times together.


Find a Pet Hospital Before You Need One

You don't want to be stuck with sick pets and nowhere to take them. Always have the contact information for a couple of animal hospitals so that you can call them about your pet when you need to, instead of running around, trying to figure out which place might be good while your pet is ill.

The Sickest Goes First

When you bring your pet to an animal hospital for emergency care, be aware that the sickest pets will be seen first. If you've been sitting in the waiting room (or in your car, when COVID precautions are in place) for a while, watching other animals that arrived after you go into the clinic, you may feel forgotten or ignored. That's not necessarily the case. Those animals may be much sicker than they look.

Your Pet Picks up on Your Worry

Do not be surprised if the vet speaks to you in the waiting room, but brings the pet in without you. Part of that could be due to pandemic controls, but a lot of it may be that the vet doesn't want your pet to deal with your worried vibes. Pets do pick up on feelings and can tell when you think something is very wrong. That can make pets anxious and more resistant to an exam. The vet may want to see your pet first without you there to reduce the animal's potential anxiety, especially if the vet is familiar with your pet.

Call First!

It’s always good to call ahead before bringing your pet in. You want to be sure your pet will be seen in a timely manner. If one hospital is overcrowded, call another. Try to find a place where you won't have to wait for long.

Veterinary Hospitals Want to Help

If your pets need pet emergency care, Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, VA, has veterinarians ready to help. Call us at(703) 273-5110 to arrange for care.

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