Emergency Department at Toronto Animal Health Partners
The Animal Health Partners Emergency Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including all holidays. We are a group of veterinarians who work specifically in triage and providing immediate care to pets in need during an emergency. We are prepared to receive cases from primary care veterinarians and other referral hospitals as well as directly from pet owners in their time of need. If your pet requires emergency care, please call our team ahead of time so we can prepare for your arrival. At this time, the Animal Health Partners is equipped to see cats and dogs only.
Our Team & Facility
- Veterinarians work alongside registered veterinary technicians and animal care attendants in our emergency department
- We are a fully equipped department and practice current, evidence-based medicine.
- Our staff is dedicated to providing quality medicine in partnership with your primary care veterinarian and in collaboration with our specialists 24 hours a day, 7-days a week
- We are committed to minimizing the stress that can be associated with your emergency visit for both you and your pet at any hour
Why might you seek emergency veterinary care?
There can be many different reasons for seeking emergency pet care and it is important to know and understand these reasons. Some of the signs that you may need emergency pet care include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Weakness / collapse
- Pale gums or blood loss
- Continuous vomiting
- Ongoing diarrhea
- Broken bones
Any of these symptoms can be serious for your pet, and you should contact us immediately if you believe you have a pet emergency on your hands. You should never try to deal with the situation yourself unless it is necessary to apply basic pet first aid.
Needing an Emergency Vet
You never know when you may need to access emergency veterinarian services so it is best to be prepared and find a hospital near you before an emergency arises. There are some circumstances where dogs or cats could show symptoms that disappear within a matter of minutes. If there is any uncertainty as to whether you need to seek an emergency department, contact your veterinarian to establish the nature of the symptoms.
If there comes a point when you need emergency care for your pet, then you should know how to handle the situation. There are many different steps that you can take to ensure your pet’s emergency is handled in the most efficient and effective way.
Even though it can be a very stressful situation, try not to let that stress cloud your judgment as your actions could have severe consequences.
Make an Emergency Plan
You should have a plan on what to do in an emergency. The best thing to do is have the emergency contact numbers in an accessible location with a list of directions and first aid instructions.
This can help you in some circumstances such as blood loss. If your pet is losing blood, you should have basic knowledge of how to apply first aid.
Contact Your Emergency Veterinarian
If an emergency has occurred, then you should contact your veterinarian immediately. This is to ensure that they are prepared for your arrival and for you to seek advice on what to do in the meantime.
Regardless of the situation, having a plan in place can be the difference between life and death. You don’t have to be an expert on animals to be prepared for the unlikely event of a pet emergency.