Experiencing an Emergency?
Central Maui Animal Clinic is open 24 hours a day/365 days a year for emergencies.
In Case of Emergency:
Please have basic information about your pet (dog/cat, breed, sex, spayed/neutered, age, size) to tell the veterinarian or assistant. Giving clear, concise information can be greatly helpful to us in trying to assist you and your pet.
Please also provide a list of medications including aspirin, any previous illness or surgery, vaccine history & information on any pregnancies. Our goal is to do our best to care for your pet!
Services for emergencies include things like:
- Complete intensive care unit (ICU) laboratory for pets Oxygen therapy
- 24-hour ICU monitoring by veterinary nurses trained in critical care, surgery, and internal medicine
- Emergency surgical service
But the big question is, how do you know if your pet is in need of emergency medical care? We always say, “You know your pet best”, so if you are concerned, please call us immediately.
What are some common conditions/signs that may require emergency care?
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Trouble or difficulty breathing
- Swollen or distended abdomen
- Allergic reaction, such as hives or swelling
- Trouble or difficulty urinating or defecating
- Poison or toxic liquid/substance ingestion
- Dystocia (difficulty or trouble giving birth)
- Trauma, including injuries caused by a car, bite, bullet, knife, fall or burn
- Neurological diseases such as seizures, difficulty or inability to walk, collapse or lack of responsiveness
- Abnormal or extended recovery from recent anesthesia or a surgical procedure
- Shock (signs can include weakness, pale mucous membranes in pet’s mouth, cold extremities and an abnormal heart rate)
- Food Poisoning
- Heat stroke
Multiple problems or indications of severe disease (coma, weakness, seizures) may indicate that your pet needs to be seen on an emergency basis.
Here is some basic information and recommendations we can offer without an appointment. Please remember you are responsible for assessing your pet, please call and schedule an appointment if symptoms worsen.
In an animal acting generally perky, without repeated vomiting, and which has not been anorexic, withhold food and water for several hours.
If vomiting stops, start back with small amounts of water and a bland diet.
If good appetite, no vomiting, perky, no fever, feed your pet a bland diet and bring in a fecal sample.
If no fever or weakness, not having difficulty breathing, pink gums and no history of heart disease, it is probably not an emergency but should be seen within 24-48 hours.
If alert and active, not having problems breathing, you can give 1 mg per pound Benadryl (capsules are 25 mg). It can also be helpful to assess certain physical parameters at home so you can give us more information.
Normal is 100 F – 102.5 F
Abnormal = rapid, labored, noisy or coughing
Normal = pink
Abnormal = white, blue or yellow