Pet Emergencies

Signs of a Pet Emergency 

Our pets can't tell us when they are hurting, ill, or injured. Because of this, it can be hard to tell when they are having an emergency. Some emergencies are much more subtle than others, and these are often the ones that leave owners wondering if they should be coming to the animal hospital in Waldorf.

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Pet Emergency Signs and Symptoms

First, if you aren't sure whether your pet is having an emergency, err on the side of caution and bring him or her in. You can call ahead to ask if there is anything you should be doing before you get here. Some signs and symptoms should bring you right to the emergency veterinarian at Waldorf Emergency Care:

  • Persistent vomiting and diarrhea
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sudden lameness
  • Any trauma
  • Problems during labor
  • Swelling or hardening of the abdomen
  • Bleeding from a wound
  • Bleeding from any orifice
  • Bloody vomit, stools, or urine
  • Seizures
  • Yowling, whining, or crying in pain
  • Changes in behavior such as aggression, hiding, or lack of energy

Another situation that should send you straight to the emergency vet in Waldorf is witnessing any kind of trauma. If your pet gets in a fight, gets hit by a vehicle, or takes a bad fall, they should come in right away even if they don't seem injured. Pets are masters of hiding pain, and by the time they show distress the situation may be much more serious.

Contact us at 301-705-9700 any time if you are concerned that your pet might be having an emergency.


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  • "I've been there twice and the people are a delight to work with. They genuinely care for your baby. Customer service they provide toward your pet is OUTSTANDING. My baby was scared but they put him at ease. Ohh and his humans too. They have home what seems to be the right medicine because he is already eating and down for a good nap. All I can say is THANK YOU
    I wish you were a full service vet I would use you all the time"
    Kathy B.
  • "This is my first review so bear with me.....Under a very hard emergency circumstance, I used this establishment yesterday for my cat. I can not express how thankful I am that I found them. It was a Sunday so my vet was closed. I was a total stranger and was treated like a lifelong customer. Whatever it is you are doing, please keep up the good work. Thank you."
    Candy K.
  • "This place is awesome! I went in because my dog was choking on his collar! Yes, his collar! When I got there they were so urgent and alert to what seemed to be an emergency situation. (At least to me). Especially the young man at the front desk who moved really fast for someone who had a boot on his foot! Also, They were so comforting due to the fact I was crying hysterically. I would recommend this place to anyone! My puppy is back home like nothing ever happened lol. Definitely five star service."
    Jackie J.