We are staffed to take emergencies during office hours.
Call ahead if you have time before you arrive:
Emergencies after hours
With our patient’s best-interest in mind, we refer our clients to this nearby emergency animal hospital, 20-30 minutes from Lawrence:
How to determine if your pet is experiencing an emergency
Lawrence Veterinary Hospital’s qualified staff is able to consult with you about any issue regarding your pets. Call us anytime during office hours so that we can offer our best recommendation for you and your pet when you have concerns. You should never hesitate to call, and you should never feel embarrassed. There is no question too small – we are here for you.
If you notice any of the following problems, your pet needs emergency care immediately:
- Your pet has experienced some kind of trauma, such as being hit by a car or a blunt object, or falling more than a few feet.
- Your pet isn’t breathing or you can’t feel a heartbeat.
- Your pet is having trouble breathing or has something stuck in their throat.
- Your pet is unconscious and won’t wake up.
- Your pet has had or is having a seizure lasting longer than 30 seconds.
- You suspect any broken bones.
- Your pet, particularly your male cat, is straining or unable to urinate.
- Your pet shows signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, and refusing to socialize.
- Your pet’s abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch, and he/she’s gagging and trying to vomit.
- Your pregnant dog or cat has gone more than three to four hours between delivering puppies or kittens.
- Your pet collapses or suddenly can’t stand up.
- Your pet begins bumping into things or suddenly becomes disoriented.
- You can see irritation or injury to your pet’s eyes, or he/she suddenly seems to become blind.
- You see symptoms of heat stroke.
- Your pet is bleeding.
- Your pet has been vomiting or has had diarrhea for more than 24 hours, or is vomiting blood.
- Your pet may have ingested something toxic such as antifreeze, rat poison, medication, cleaners, chocolate, or plant material. For a full list of pet toxins, see the Pet Poison Helpline’s website. Toxic ingestion must be treated immediately.