Pet Emergencies & Referrals

We understand that pet emergencies are never pleasant or convenient. During our regular business hours, Lake Animal Hospital staff will help you with a wide range of urgent care needs and emergencies your pet may experience.

Please call 651-426-1381 in advance so we can reserve an urgent care appointment for your pet and prepare for your arrival.

For pet emergencies that occur outside of our regular hospital hours, we refer our clients to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota clinics. They offer two convenient locations and are staffed ready to receive emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Beyond emergency care, the Animal Emergency and Referral Center provides a large selection of specialty care, including surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, dentistry, cardiology, rehabilitation, exotics, neurology, and oncology.

What Constitutes an Emergency for My Pet?

We know it can sometimes be difficult to determine if your pet’s symptoms qualify as an emergency, or if they should wait for a regular veterinary visit. Here are some general guidelines to help you determine when it is an emergency:

  • Major trauma, such as being hit by a car
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face or hives on the torso
  • Excessive bleeding that doesn't stop within 5 minutes
  • Difficulty breathing, choking, or nonstop coughing and gagging
  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum; coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  • Signs of pain or inability to urinate or pass feces
  • Eye injuries or sudden changes in sight
  • Suspicion or knowledge that your pet has eaten something poisonous
  • Seizures, tremors, or staggering
  • Collapse, weakness, or unconsciousness
  • Fractured bones, severe lameness, or inability to use leg(s)
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, and refusing to socialize
  • Heat stress or heatstroke
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that lasts for more than 24 hours
  • Refusal to eat or drink for 24 hours or longer
  • Difficulty giving birth

If your pet is not experiencing an emergency but still needs to be checked out, we can help. Schedule your appointment today!