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Urgent Veterinary Care Services in Sarasota, FL

Urgent Pet Care Services

KindVet of Sarasota Urgent Care provides same-day appointments for unexpected illnesses and injuries, as well as problems that need urgent attention, such as ear infections and diarrhea. You can schedule ahead of time by giving us a call, but walk-ins are always welcome. You have the option to drop off your pet or wait with them while we’re working on the best possible treatment plan. We will always discuss every step of the way, including recommended diagnostic tests, treatments, and costs.

We want to be as prepared as possible for your visit, so when feasible, we ask that you call us ahead of time.

Bring any relevant medical records and current medications so that we can give your pet the best possible care. Our hospital is equipped with the latest in diagnostic technology, including digital radiology (x-rays), in-house blood and urine analyzers, and an ultrasound machine. Our veterinarians have years of experience in fields ranging from general practice to emergency treatment.

Common Conditions Treated through Urgent Care

The list below does not include every condition we treat. Please give us a call at 941-922-0880 to discuss specific needs for your pet.

Injuries

  • Minor wounds & burns
  • Lacerations
  • Broken toe nails
  • Limping
  • Drooping tail, aka “Swimmer’s Tail”
  • Swollen limbs
  • Eyes with excessive blinking or tears
  • Heat exhaustion

Injuries can range from muscle strain to broken bones to bleeding toe nails, which can look terrifying! Treatments can also range from rest to surgical wound repair. However, most will at least need pain medications and sometimes antibiotics. Remember, most human medications (especially pain medications, including common over-the-the counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen) are toxic and even potentially fatal to dogs and cats! Never self-medicate your pet.

Infections

  • Skin with redness, hair loss, or a strong smell
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Eyes with swelling, green or white discharge
  • Ears with a strong smell, excessive head shaking or scratching
  • Anal gland abscess
  • Bite wound abscess

Infections can show up in many different ways, including excessive licking, scooting on the carpet, urinating in unusual places, constant head shaking, strong odors, or simply a change in your pet’s normal behavior. Depending on the symptoms, your pet may need blood work, radiographs (x-rays), a urinalysis, or other diagnostic tests to determine the cause and extent of the infections. Most infections need antibiotics and sometimes pain medications to treat any discomfort.

Vomiting or Diarrhea

  • Upset stomach
  • Pancreatitis
  • Viruses
  • Toxin ingestion
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Eating toys, blankets, or other foreign bodies
  • Eating too much food
  • Dehydration
  • Pain

Vomiting and diarrhea have many potential causes, including most of the conditions listed. Dehydration from fluid loss through vomiting and diarrhea only complicates the issue, so getting the symptoms under control needs to be done as soon as possible. Depending on your pet’s symptoms, we will develop a diagnostic plan to narrow down the cause.

Decreased Appetite or Lack of Appetite

  • All the conditions listed under “Vomiting and Diarrhea”
  • Broken teeth
  • Severe dental disease
  • Ulcers in the mouth or tongue
  • Nausea

Like vomiting and diarrhea, decreased or totally absent appetite can have many potential causes. A change in appetite is usually the first sign of illness and should be addressed if it continues for more than 24 hours. Depending on your pet’s medical history and symptoms, we will develop a diagnostic plan to narrow down the cause.

Toxin and Poison Ingestion or Suspected Ingestion

  • THC, including edibles, vapes, and any part of the plant
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Caffeine

If you know the type of toxin that was ingested, collect as much detail as possible and call Poison Control. When appropriate, we can induce vomiting to remove as much of the toxin as possible. Each toxin will have different effects, so call us immediately to discuss the best plan of action. Some toxins require emergency critical care and hospitalization, so please call Poison Control and follow the recommendations. You may need to take your pet straight to an ER.

Urinary Problems

  • Urinary blockage
  • Urinating inside the house
  • Urinating outside of the litter box
  • Blood in the urine
  • Straining to urinate
  • Vocalizing when urinating
  • Strong odor to urine
  • Not urinating
  • Posturing to urinate with no production
  • Excessive licking of genitals or underbelly

A change in urinary habits, such as going more often than usual, can mean infection, blockage, bladder stones, or a myriad of other diseases. Your pet needs to be seen as soon as possible to determine why he or she is not urinating normally. Male cats are at a higher risk of urinary blockage, which needs immediate treatment. If you are concerned about any changes in your pet’s urinary habits, please call us to determine the urgency of treatment.

Coughing or Sneezing

  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Viruses
  • Asthma
  • Mild to moderate bronchitis
  • Collapsing trachea
  • Foreign body in airway
  • Heart disease

Coughing and sneezing, like vomiting and diarrhea, have many potential causes. Radiographs (x-rays) of the chest may be recommended to help determine the cause. If your pet is having difficulty breathing, the tongue is purple, or they have a wet-sounding cough, take them to an emergency room immediately. Conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure need immediate critical care and a specialist.

Allergic Reactions

  • Swelling of the face
  • Hives
  • Sudden itchiness
  • Red skin
  • Licking excessively

Allergic reactions are most commonly caused by insect stings or vaccine responses, which can even occur a day or two after getting the vaccine. Food allergies are usually less severe but can cause constant itching, scratching, or licking.

Abnormal Behavior

  • Restlessness
  • Dropping food when eating
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Defecating outside the litter box
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Unwilling to go on walks or other normal activities
  • Hiding
  • Excessive barking

If your pet is not acting like himself or herself, but you can’t quite pinpoint what is happening, there could be one or many underlying problems. A change in behavior is a cue that your pet may have an underlying problem. If you are concerned, call us to discuss our diagnostic options, such as blood work, radiographs (x-ray), ultrasound imaging, and a urinalysis.