Daytime Emergency Care
After-Hours Emergency Care
Contact VCA Veterinary Emergency Services - Janesville
OPEN: Everyday 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Contact VCA Emergency & Specialty Center - Madison
OPEN: 24 Hours
Contact Animal Emergency Clinic of Rockford
OPEN: 24 Hours
CLOSED: Fridays 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Emergency Veterinary Services
If your pet is experiencing any behaviors or symptoms that are causing you some concern, contact the closest of our three locations as soon as you can or one of the after-hours emergency pet hospitals listed above.
The reliable and compassionate team at Badger Veterinary Hospital offers veterinary care for dogs and cats on a work-in basis during our regular clinic hours. Animals are our passion and we are proud to be able to provide medical care to your companion when they need it the most.
Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency
If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.
- Call Ahead If Possible - During our regular business hours, call the closest of our animal hospital locations to you. Outside of our regular hours, contact one of the three emergency facilities above to let them know that you are on your way.
- Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, instructions may be provided to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable as possible. Follow these instructions carefully.
- Remain Calm - Remain as calm as you can around your pet. When an animal is in pain, they may react quite negatively towards anyone who is trying to help them by biting or scratching.
- Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to one of our Southern Wisconsin veterinary clinics or an after-hours emergency vet location detailed above.
Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Badger Veterinary Hospital.
- Do I need to call ahead?
Badger Veterinary Hospital provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours. It's always best to contact us in advance if you can, but we understand that in emergencies that's not always possible.
If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit the after-hours emergency vet location shown above.
- Why is it important to seek care quickly in an emergency?
No matter how careful you are, emergencies can happen. It is very important that you bring your pet in for emergency care as soon as possible as time is usually one of the most important factors in these situations.
By preparing for emergencies ahead of time, contacting your vet right away and bringing your dog or cat in for emergency care quickly, you can give your pet the best outlook possible.
Our experienced veterinary team at Badger Veterinary Hospital offers veterinary care for dogs and cats on a work-in basis during our regular hours. We also offer local hospital recommendations for after-hours emergency veterinary care ensuring that your pet gets the care they need, when it's needed.
- When is your clinic open?
- What emergencies can your clinic treat?
Several emergencies can happen at any time. Some of the ones most commonly seen by our vets at Badger Veterinary Hospital are:
Poisoning: Our vets can help treat your pet in situations where they have ingested a toxic substance. To treat your cat or dog quickly and accurately our team will ask that you try to provide information on what the toxin was and how much was ingested, when possible. If you would like more information on toxic plants, foods and substances you can learn more from the Pet Poison Helpline and ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control.
Pancreatitis: This condition occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. Our vets see this happen most commonly in dogs that often eat table scraps. Pets experiencing this condition typically show symptoms including loss of appetite, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
Acute Trauma: This can include serious injuries that were caused by car accidents, altercations with other animals or other incidents. There are a few steps you can follow to quickly manage the situation.
First, you should get your pet to safety while ensuring your safety.
Then, you will need to stabilize the animal while you transport them to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic or your primary vet. Our veterinary team asks that you give us a call if you are on your way with an injured pet to allow us to prepare for your arrival.
Choking / Respiratory Distress: Pets are known to chew on things, especially dogs. Sometimes they end up chewing on something that they shouldn't be and it can become lodged. This should be treated as a medical emergency. If your dog is having difficulty breathing under any circumstances they should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Bloat: This is also known as volvulus and happens when there is a build-up of gases that result in the twisting of the stomach resulting in pressure on the esophagus and difficulty breathing. Bloat can be fatal if not treated immediately.
- What situations require emergency veterinary care?
The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
- Fractured bones or severe lameness
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
Our Southern Wisconsin animal hospital is just like a human doctor's office—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait.
We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive. If possible, call ahead to find out whether we can provide emergency care for your dog or cat.
If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend that you visit the 24/7 animal emergency hospital detailed above.
- What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?
Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. At Badger Veterinary Hospital we provide overnight care for animals in need.
While in our care, our dedicated team will treat your pet as if they were our own.
- What types of animals do you treat?
Our veterinarians can provide emergency treatments to dogs and cats during our regular clinic hours as part of our Small Animal Emergency Services.