You can't call 911 for a pet emergency

What Do You Do If Your Pet Has An Emergency?

Having a pet is fine but you also should know how to bring it properly. As human beings, there also could be emergencies as far as pet animals are concerned. You should, as the owner of the pet, be in a position to handle such emergencies. The emergencies could be in the form of illnesses, diseases, or even unforeseen accidents.

Therefore, it would be better for you to be aware of the possible answers to the question of what do you do if your pet has an emergency. Let us try and answer some common questions that could confront you when you have pets. Being in a position to comfortably and thoroughly answer these questions could be useful in more ways than one. Without much ado, let us get into the possible answers to the three most important questions so that your pet has a decent chance of getting through such emergencies without too much of a problem.


What is considered a veterinary emergency?

There are many examples that could be called a veterinary emergency when it comes to pet dogs, cats, and other such animals. The list is quite big and it may not be possible to cover each and every one of them. However, there are some common things that are considered to be part of the emergency.

These include collapse, choking, shock, breathing problems and severe breathing difficulties, bloat or GDV, profuse bleeding, injuries that are penetrating in nature, open fractures, seizures that are prolonged, and even allergic reactions and manifestations that are caused by stings, insect bites and reptile bites.

Severe dehydration from diarrhoea is also a concern. Diarrhoea can come from food intolerance and allergies, and if you want to learn more about allergies in dogs you should check out…


Who do you call if your pet is hurt?

If your dog or pet is hurt badly or injured severely because of various reasons and if you feel that treating it at home is extremely difficult, you must not waste any time. You must know how to take immediate action. Of course, the best way forward is to call the right person, authority, or entity. In most cases and in most cities and towns you may have a local animal control agency.

You should try calling them. In case it does not work out or if there is no response, the next best option is to look for the local police number and get in touch with them as soon as possible and with minimum loss of time. Sometimes the police also may not respond in which case you have one more option.

You should have the local PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) number handy at all points in time. They will in most cases have somebody there to attend the call and you can trust them to take things forward when it comes to offering emergency treatment to the pet dog or other pet animals.


Can you call 911 for pet emergencies?

It may not be right to call 911 in case of pet emergencies, except for some special cases. The emergency should involve an accident that has resulted in road blockage and it also could cause danger to human beings. This is because in almost all cases the local police department is not equipped and they do not have the right infrastructure to assist you or the pet in case of a pet emergency.

911 is reserved for human emergencies only, and you, therefore, cannot call 911 for pet emergencies, except for situations that also cause danger to human beings.

If you want to know more about what is considered a pet emergency, you should also check this article out…


A few more things that you could think of

  • Do not panic and try to be calm. Look for other situations or things that could be a source of threat to you and your pet. This is important for you and for the safety of the pet and other people.
  • Try your best to keep the pet warm and also try to ensure that it remains as still and motionless as possible. Try and keep movement to the minimum. This is even more important in case you have neurological symptoms, possible spinal injury, or broken bones and fractures.
  • Call some local facility and keep them informed that you are on the way to giving emergency treatment to the pet concerned.
  • Ensure that the pet dog, cat, or other animals are safely transported causing minimum stress or trauma to the pet in question.



The above should have given our readers a reasonably good idea about the basic things to keep in mind when it comes to planning for the next move in case your pet has met with an accident or has other health emergencies.

This article has been written by our Danish friends over at dyrlæ