Emergency Services

Your Veterinary Emergency Resource

If you feel that your pet is in immediate danger call 502-361-2611 (Audubon) or 502-451-2442 (Cherokee)

Veterinary emergencies can prove traumatic for both pets and pet owners. From violent accidents to deceptively quiet mishaps or sudden illness, you must be prepared to act swiftly when your pet is in trouble — and that includes knowing where to turn for expert, lifesaving care. That’s why any veterinarian on our team at Audubon Animal Medical Center is ready, willing and able to provide such care for Louisville animals.

Generally speaking, any condition or situation that involves intense pain, significant blood loss, and obvious external injury or internal distress may be interpreted as an emergency and demand immediate attention. Many emergencies appear quite obvious at a glance, especially the results of trauma. Severe blood loss, for instance, can lead to shock or even death, so lacerations and cases of internal bleeding should be treated as emergencies. Broken bones also fit into this category. Fights, falls, and collisions with automobiles can easily cause all of these issues at the same time. We can administer x-rays and other diagnostic techniques to pinpoint injury sites and then administer the correct treatment quickly and efficiently. This might include sutures to seal lacerations, the insertion of plates and screws to stabilize fractures, and other steps to stop blood loss and relieve pain.

Some internal emergencies are more subtle at calling attention to themselves, so we advise owners to be on the lookout for signs of trouble. If your pet has difficulty urinating, for instance, he might have a serious obstruction that requires surgical treatment right away. If your large dog is retching or trying to vomit after meals and displays a distended abdomen, he may have gastric dilatation volvulus, a potentially fatal twisting of the stomach. Pets experiencing lengthy or difficult labor may be in grave danger without immediate care. Staggering, fainting or seizures suggest a possible neurological crisis such as a stroke. Pets displaying any such symptoms need to see our veterinarian as soon as possible.

Environmental dangers can also trigger emergencies. A common example during the summer months is heat stroke, a deadly failure of the body to regulate its internal temperature. Pets who do not receive plenty of water and shade are at risk for this condition — especially flat-nosed (brachycephalic) pets. If your pet becomes overheated, cover him in cool towels, give him cool (not cold) water to drink, and rush him to our clinic for treatment. Choking and poison ingestion are other common home hazards. If possible, let us know what toxic substance your pet seems to have ingested.

Prompt, Compassionate Care from Our Louisville Veterinarian

Emergencies tend to create panic and chaos, and these conditions work against you when you’re trying to think, plan and act sensibly. That’s why we urgently recommend that you keep our contact information and address posted in plain sight. We’ll do everything in our power to comfort and heal your pet in his time of need.