In an Emergency

During regular hospital hours, Banfield can assist with an emergency. Depending on your pet’s individual needs and hospital capacity, assistance may consist of:

  • Emergency stabilization
  • Laboratory testing and x-rays
  • IV fluid therapy, pain control, infection treatments
  • Wound and fracture care
  • Treatment for poisonings or seizures
  • Referrals to specialty or emergency hospitals
In emergency situations, time may be of the essence. Contact your local veterinarian immediately in an emergency to alert them to your pet’s situation, so they may better prepare or advise you on the appropriate course of action. During non-hospital hours, please contact your local emergency hospital.

Some examples of an emergency may include:

  • Having a difficult time breathing
  • Has been hit by a car
  • Has ingested something poisonous
  • Is bleeding
  • Is having a seizure
  • Is having difficulty urinating
  • Is vomiting excessively
  • Is experiencing excessive diarrhea
  • Is having a difficult time giving birth

First Aid Kit

It's a good idea to put together a pet first aid kit and store it in a place you can access quickly and easily. Make sure the kit includes:

  • Phone numbers of your veterinarian & after-hours animal hospital
  • Rolled gauze
  • Nonstick bandages, small towels, clean cloth strips (No Band-Aids®!)
  • Elastic bandage
  • First aid tape
  • Scissors
  • Extra leash
  • Muzzle
  • Digital rectal thermometer
  • Eye dropper
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Diphenhydramine

Why do I need all of these? »

Trust Your Instincts

You know your pet better than anyone. If your instincts tell you something might be wrong with your pet, err on the side of caution and contact your Banfield team.

Please Note

Optimum Wellness Plans® do not include emergency services, but discounts may apply depending on plan level and type of service.