When something is wrong with your pet, it can be hard to take a step back and think clearly about what to do next. In the middle of a health crisis, many people opt straight for emergency pet care when an urgent care facility might be a better option. Wagly offers top-tier veterinary urgent care in Bellevue, Washington, Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin, and San Jose, California, and we are here to help you in urgent situations. Keep reading to find out when you should bring your pet to us and when you should go immediately to an emergency hospital:


Urgent Care Issues

The main factor to consider when determining if your pet needs urgent or emergency care is whether or not the health issue is life threatening. If your pet has a serious problem that requires immediate medical attention, but will not die if they do not get it, you can most likely visit a veterinarian who specializes in urgent care to get the attention he or she needs. Some of the most common urgent care issues are:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bites
  • Limping
  • Cuts
  • Sneezing
  • Ingestion of something poisonous
  • Changes in urination (including the presence of blood)
  • Infections
  • Minor wounds
  • Change in appetite
  • General discomfort  


If you are still unsure where you should take your pet to get the proper medical attention, you can always call us to see what our veterinary team recommends.


Emergency Care Issues

If your pet is suffering a life-threatening medical issue, it is important to get him or her to an emergency hospital as soon as possible. Life-threatening emergencies include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Issues standing (or if he or she has collapsed)
  • A serious injury (hit by a car or attacked by another animal)
  • Snake bites
  • Excessive panting
  • Blocked abdomen
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Crying out in pain
  • Bleeding
  • Big bites or attack wounds
  • Seizures

The veterinary team at Wagly is here to offer you the urgent medical care your pet needs during our hours of operation. Check your location page for hour information in your area. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to ensure your pets stay happy and healthy. Visit us online to learn more about our veterinary services.