Pet Emergency Care from our Troutdale Veterinarian

When an unexpected pet emergency arises, our experienced veterinarians at Paws and Claws are ready to help. Pets enrich our lives, but they aren’t always perfect. They get into things they aren’t supposed to, and run beyond the safe boundaries we set up for them. Unfortunately, this means they can get sick or injured — and sometimes very abruptly. We offer emergency services to dogs, cats, avians and exotics. Our emergency services are available to the Gresham and Troutdale areas during our regular clinic hours. To be sure our pets are cared for during off-hours, we work closely with emergency veterinarians in the area as well.

Most of the time pets are well served with by going to the vet for their regular check ups and to maintain their vaccinations. However, when you notice there are changes in your pet’s energy level, appetite, or if they appear to be experiencing pain or discomfort, it is time to make an appointment at Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center, or if symptoms are severe, bring them in right away to be looked at by an emergency veterinarian.

Our philosophy at Paws and Claws is to help you prevent an emergency before it takes place. We strive to offer our patient community ongoing education to help keep pets safe. When seeing us for regular visits, we are happy to answer questions related to pet safety at home. Between visits, if you suspect an emergency is occurring with your pet, do not delay, please call us immediately so we can see your pet or arrange for them to be seen after hours.

Common Reasons Why a Pet May Need an Emergency Veterinarian

Poisoning – Ingesting a toxic food, substance, or foreign object that may cause them immediate or long term harm. In some cases they might swallow something that is a choking hazard. In these instances, it is important to call an emergency veterinarian right away to get further instruction

Physical Traumas — Such as being hit by a car or injured by another animal. These types of traumas can result in various ailments including

  • Head trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Cuts and lacerations

Even if your pet seems to shake off an injury at first, it is important that they are monitored for behavioral changes that could signify a more serious problem.

Pet emergencies of all types can bring a pet into our Paws and Claws Pet Medical Center. Pets are curious; they will not shy away from potential hazards such as human foods, household cleaners, yard and garden chemicals and medications if they have the opportunity to access them. Chocolate consumption and poison contact are two common emergent conditions we see pets for.

Other emergencies may include car accidents, lacerations or sudden illnesses. Common signs and symptoms that your pet may be experiencing an emergent health concern include sudden listlessness or fatigue, a new open wound, inability to toilet or the opposite, uncontrolled bowel movements, vomiting and refusal of water or food.

Red Flags that Your Pet May Need to See An Emergency Veterinarian

Sometimes a pet owner is right there when something bad happens to their pet, and is just not able to react fast enough to keep an emergency medical situation from happening. Other times, they don’t see the actual incident, but based on their pet’s behavior they know something is wrong.  Here are some signs that your pet may need to see a veterinarian in Troutdale and Gresham sooner rather than later.

  • Inability to keep their food down
  • Refusing to eat or drink
  • Blood in vomit or stool
  • Breathing troubles
  • Seizures
  • Sudden drastic behavior changes

Schedule an Appointment with our Troutdale and Gresham Veterinarian

If your pet is experiencing any of these issues, you can either bring your pet into seeing our veterinarian in Troutdale and Gresham or call our clinic at (503) 661-1833  to speak to someone about your concerns. When it comes to your pet’s health and safety, it is better to err on the side of caution and seek out veterinary care than to wait. We have a full veterinary staff on site, and are able to provide several forms of emergency care, including surgery, and monitoring your pet’s vitals including heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels that will give your pet the best chance of recovery.