When is it an emergency?

If you’re unsure whether your pet needs emergency care, please call us at 802.863.2387—anytime, day or night. Our experienced staff will help you decide whether to bring your pet to the BEVS animal hospital immediately for emergency care, or if it’s safe to wait until your family veterinarian is available.

In general, it’s wise to seek emergency care right away in these situations or if your pet exhibits these symptoms:

  • Unconsciousness, collapse or extreme lethargy
  • You suspect your pet has ingested a foreign body, harmful chemicals, human medications or toxic plants
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trauma from a fall or being hit by moving vehicle
  • Extreme pain causing whining or shaking
  • Swollen and tense abdomen
  • Straining to urinate
  • Hemorrhage (bleeding that won’t stop)
  • Disorientation or seizures
  • Uncontrolled or prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • If your pet is pregnant, prolonged straining without delivery of puppies or kittens