The Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Fort Pierce provides emergency and critical care for injured or critically ill pets as an adjunct to your pet’s primary care veterinarian. Our Fort Pierce veterinary emergency and critical care facility is designed and built to effectively handle injuries and illnesses that occur or become acute when your primary care veterinarian is unavailable. Once your pet is stabilized, we will refer you back to your veterinarian for follow-up care in much the same way a doctor in a human hospital’s emergency room would refer you back to your family’s doctor.
Also like a human emergency room, our emergency and critical care facility is staffed by pet doctors that specialize in veterinary emergency and critical care and that have access to state-of-the-art equipment. This means you can receive high-quality care for your pet when he or she needs it with the assurance that there will be continuity of care between the Center and your primary care veterinarian.
While we hope that your pet will never need emergency or critical care, you can be assured that we are here to provide lifesaving medical services when you need it most.
When to Seek Emergency Care for Your Pet
The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for a pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following list of conditions should help you determine if you need to seek out emergency veterinarian care from our Fort Pierce, Fl office, for your pet:
- Hit by car
- Falling from heights
- Physical trauma
- Foaming from mouth
- Blue, purple or pale gums
- Cat exhibiting open-mouth breathing
- Cat straining to urinate
- Bleeding heavily
- Profuse vomiting or diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing
- Ingestion of toxins, medications or any suspect substance
If your pet is showing any of these symptoms, please call us right away at (772) 466-3441 so that we can advise you on your situation.
When your pet is discharged from the Emergency Center you will receive an itemized receipt as well as the discharge record. You should always contact your family’s primary care veterinarian soon after leaving the Center so that he or she can evaluate your pet’s progress and view the medical record of your pet’s care.
Critical and Specialist Veterinary Care Policies
Only cats and dogs will be treated at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center. If your pet requires hospitalization and/or critical care, it must be transferred by you to your primary care veterinarian. If your pet requires care by a specialist it must be referred by your veterinarian to one of our specialists.