Frequently Asked Questions
Is this an emergency?
If your pet is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, contact the hospital as soon as possible. Call 813-264-4043. Our hospital is open Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 8 am and Friday 4 pm through Monday at 8 am. We are also open on holidays with a full medical team to help you and your pet.
What is a life-threatening emergency?
If your pet is experiencing any of the following conditions, seek immediate medical attention:
- Hit by a car or had any other major traumatic event
- Difficulty breathing
- Convulsions or seizures
- Ingested poison or a toxic substance (here’s a link of many pet toxins http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/
- Difficulty urinating
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Persistent or severe vomiting or diarrhea
- Lethargy or lack of appetite
- Swollen or distended abdomen
- Call the emergency hospital 813-265-4043 and let us know you’re coming. This will help them prepare the emergency team.
- Don’t give your pet any medication without first checking with your veterinarian. Many common human medications can be toxic to pets.
- Be careful handling an injured pet. Even the gentlest pet may bite or scratch when hurt. Use a carrier to transport your cat. Dogs may be transported using a heavy blanket as a stretcher.
- If your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, please bring the substance with you.
- Please bring any medications your pet is currently taking.