In Case of a Pet Emergency

For after-hours urgent and emergency pet care, please call 208-522-3121 and Press 1.

Pet emergencies happen when you least expect them.  When they do, call us. The experienced veterinary staff at Northgate Animal Hospital is here to meet your pet’s urgent care needs.  We are equipped with the expertise and medical equipment to treat your pet for most medical conditions.  If you have any questions about your pet’s health, please give us a call immediately. 

Urgent care situations can happen at all hours of the day.  We see patients on an urgent care basis at the hospital during regular hours, please all us to discuss your pet’s particular situation.  After business hours, please call 208-522-3121 and Press 1.

Emergencies that need immediate veterinary care include:

  • Major trauma – falls, hit-by-cars, large wounds, broken bones
  • Lacerations, bite wounds and penetrating wounds anywhere (but especially in the chest or abdomen)
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Gaping wounds
  • Other conditions or health issues easily identified as requiring immediate attention

Urgent care for pets

Does my pet need urgent veterinary care? Your pet may be experiencing a health issue that need to be seen on an immediate basis.  You need to be able to recognize the symptoms and call us immediately.  The signs of some common pet conditions that need immediate veterinary attention:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding that does not stop from any part of the body
  • Bloated, distended, swollen or painful abdomen
  • Collapse/Loss of Consciousness
  • Paralysis
  • Ingestion of poison or foreign material
  • Prolonged Vomitting or Diarrhea
  • Seizure activity
  • Staggering, stumbling, head-tilted, sudden blindness
  • Lameness or non-weight bearing on any limb
  • Inflammation, swelling or other irritation to the Eye(s)
  • Severe hives or severe itching
  • Inability to urinate or defecate
  • Inability to deliver puppies or kittens
  • Loss of balance or consciousness
  • Pain
  • Rapid heartbeat (in general, >160 for dogs, >200 for cats)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vomiting or diarrhea with blood or violent episodes