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14130 Juanita Drive Kirkland, WA 98034

Emergency Vet in Kirkland Discusses Dog Emergencies

Dog emergency veterinarian Kirkland WA

Kirkland dog emergencies can be especially frightening for both you and your four-legged friend. Your pet may have suffered an injury or suddenly fallen ill and is relying on you to make the right decisions. It is especially worrisome when your pet has a veterinary emergency during the evening or on a weekend, as you may not be sure if they require immediate care. Fortunately, your emergency vet in Kirkland is always available to care for your animal companion.

Common Dog Emergencies and Signs that Require Immediate Veterinary Care


Wounds resulting from a fight, a fall or being hit by a car, can be a serious emergency requiring immediate veterinary care. Some signs of trauma, such as a ruptured lung or internal bleeding, may not develop right away.

Difficulty Breathing

This may the result of a foreign body in your dog’s throat, an allergic reaction, heart trouble or a respiratory disease. Signs of respiratory trouble include wheezing, choking, or a raspy-sounding breathing.

Neurological Emergencies

Seizures, disorientation, severe lethargy, poor coordination, unresponsiveness and comas  may be serious and require immediate veterinary attention.


Exposure to toxins, such as fertilizers or poisons, can be life threatening veterinary emergencies. Contact your emergency veterinarian immediately if you suspect your dog has ingested something toxic. Your veterinarian may suggest that you induce vomiting or monitor at home.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

These can be a sign of simple gastric upset that normally resolves within 24 hours or a sign of a serious digestive problem. If your canine companion is otherwise acting fine, simple withhold food for 4 to 6 hours but make sure your dog has access to plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If your pooch starts to act weak or lethargic, shows signs or pain, or does not get better in 24 hours, consult with your veterinarian.

Swollen Abdomen

Any signs of abdominal pain may indicate a serious problem known as gastric dilatation-volvulus, or commonly “bloat,” resulting from air trapped in the stomach. Air can cause the stomach to twist over onto itself.

Eye Problems

These tend to deteriorate more rapidly than problems in other areas of a dog’s body, and can quickly escalate into vision threatening emergencies if not treated right away. Prompt veterinary treatment prevents something as small as a superficial scratch to the eye from becoming a major emergency. Signs of eye problems include redness of your pup’s eye, excessive tearing, discharge, swelling, squinting and pawing at the eye.


These problems can be life threatening. Contact your veterinarian if your does not produce urine.


These problems can occur when your dog is delivering her litter of puppies. If your dog is in labor for more than four hours without delivering a puppy, strains for 30 minutes or more without results, or more than two hours pass between puppies, contact your veterinarian.  

What to do if You Suspect Your Dog Is Having an Emergency 

Contact your veterinarian if you think your dog is having an emergency – you are never wrong to call your vet. Your emergency vet in Kirkland is experienced with handling dog emergencies and is prepared to take action to treat your pet. If you suspect your pet has had an emergency, call Finn Hill Animal Hospital right away. When it comes to pet emergencies in Kirkland, it is better to be safe with your pet’s health and well-being by consulting with an emergency veterinarian.

Schedule an Appointment with our Emergency Vet in Kirkland

Our emergency vet in Kirkland accepts same day appointments and walk-ins for pet emergencies at our hospital, conveniently located at 14130 Juanita Drive in Kirkland, WA. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 425-814-2220.

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