Why would I need an Emergency Housecall for my pet?

  • You are unable to lift a heavy dog
  • The pet is trapped, struggling, and damaging themselves
  • Attempts to move the pet are a physical danger to you, your pet, or both
  • Transport to a veterinary care facility is unavailable or impossible

Try Instant Consult™ to speak to a live veterinarian to help you determine if you have a true medical emergency or if there are measures you can take until you can obtain the next available regular appointment with a veterinarian.


A. Rapid breathing 30-40 breaths per minute is normal >60 indicates pain, low oxygen, or both.

B. Bleeding from wound or any orifice. If possible, apply pressure to wound. Muzzle dog if in pain or you may get bitten.

C. Unable to urinate AND the pet is lethargic, vomiting, and/or howling.

D. Repeated vomiting AND weakness

E. Pregnant animal in labor straining to deliver for 1 to 2 hours with no success

F. Sudden change of mentation: wobbly, falling, or suddenly unable to get up

G. Squinting and/or a painful eye that your pet won’t stop rubbing at

H. Poison ingestion: Induce vomiting (except if acid, in which case give milk) with 1 to 2 tsp of hydrogen peroxide orally within 20 minutes of ingestion.

Call for an instant phone consult if not sure: (323) 238-2368