Emergency Hospital

Bring Your Pet to Our Animal Hospital Near Ft. Myers & Naples, FL

IS IT AN EMERGENCY?
IF YOU THINK YOUR PET MAY NEED MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT NOW Please Call SWFVS at 239-992-8387


At Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists, we understand that pet emergencies do not happen on a 9-5 schedule and that when an unexpected illness or accident does occur it is stressful for everyone in your family.

For this reason, SWFVS has an experienced emergency staff to provide quality, compassionate care at night, weekends, and on all holidays for pet owners in Bonita Springs, Naples, Ft. Myers, Estero, and surrounding areas of Southwest Florida.

There is a doctor on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you are not sure whether or not your pet has a medical emergency, you can call to speak with a member of the Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists team.

If you are feeling concerned, then there is likely a problem and your pet should be examined. When in doubt, it is always “better to be safe than sorry”, as many conditions are more quickly and successfully treated when caught early.

Below is a list of possible symptoms that your pet may be experience during an emergency.

This is not an all-inclusive list, so if you are unsure whether your pet is showing signs of a serious condition, please call 239-992-8387. If you suspect your pet may have been poisoned, you should also call the ASPCA poison control center at (888) 426-4435.

  • Difficulty breathing or excessive panting
  • (including open mouth breathing for cats)
  • Protracted coughing
  • Non-productive retching
  • Seizures or collapse
  • Restlessness or hiding
  • Pale gums
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Crying or vocalizing
  • Unable to move normally and/or
  • dragging the back legs

  • Distended abdomen
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Straining to urinate or defecate
  • Blood in the urine or stool
  • Bleeding
  • Any trauma
  • Squinting, bulging, or painful eyeballs
  • Toxin ingestion or poisoning

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BRING YOUR PET TO THE SWFVS EMERGENCY SERVICE

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BRING YOUR PET TO THE SWFVS EMERGENCY SERVICE

We appreciate a call if you are bringing your pet to SWFVS on emergency, however this is not required. Advance notice helps us to plan for your pet’s arrival so that our team is prepared and ready for you.

We triage every pet upon arrival. If the pet is found to be in critical need of medical attention, the pet is treated immediately. Pets that are assessed to be stable are seen by the doctors in the order that they arrive. We do our very best to keep the waiting to a minimum, but like every emergency room, there are busy times when there may be a wait. Your patience is appreciated in these situations as we want every pet to have the care it deserves.

Your primary care veterinarian will receive a copy of the entire medical record, as well as phone and fax updates throughout the care of your pet. This ensures that your veterinarian is able to help you to make decisions for your pet and that coordinated follow-up care can be provided.

EMERGENCY CARE PAYMENT

EMERGENCY CARE PAYMENT

Emergency care must be paid for at the time service is rendered. During your consultation you will be presented with a detailed medical care plan including costs of treatment. The doctor will help you to decide on a course of therapy that works best for your family. A deposit is required if your pet is admitted to the hospital for ongoing care.