If your pet is currently experiencing an emergency, please call 716-616-0861 immediately so that we can advise you on what to do before your pet is seen! Below is a list of what you should do in an emergency as well as a few examples of what actually may constitute an emergency. However, this is not a comprehensive list. Always remember, you are the best judge of your pet’s normal behavior. If you even suspect trouble, you are probably right. Be safe and reach out to us immediately.
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY…
Initiate first aid.
Call us immediately to help you walk through the crucial first minutes of the emergency.
Bring all of your pet’s medications if they are immediately available.
Bring a sample/container of whatever poison your pet may have been in contact with.
Have a household member come with you to help comfort your animal while you are driving, if possible.
Bring a favorite animal toy, blanket or bed to comfort your pet.
WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY?
1. Abnormal urination
2. Hit by a car
3. Uncontrollable bleeding
4. Marked bloating
6. Poison ingestion
7. Female in hard labor for over 1 hour
8. Changes in the eye
9. Change in consciousness
10. Change in health status
11. Labored breathing
12. Injury induced by another animal
13. Head trauma
15. Open wound
16. Ingestion of foreign body
17. Bleeding from nails/feathers - in birds
19. Fluffed appearance - in birds
20. Loss of appetite
21. Loss of balance
22. Acute feather picking - in birds
23. Uncontrollable itching
24. Ingestion of toxic substances such as chocolate, antifreeze or rat poison
We kindly appreciate your patience as emergencies must sometimes be seen before regularly scheduled appointments. We will do our best to advise you of waiting time.
Outside of Regular Hours
Greater Buffalo Veterinary Services (GBVS)
4821 Genesee St. Cheektowaga, NY, 14225
Limited Emergency Services are provided for birds and exotic pets by our skilled veterinarians after closing, Mondays through Saturdays and on Sundays, and holidays from 8 am up until 10 pm each night. Call our office after hours for detailed instructions on how to handle these emergencies.