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Waldorf Emergency Care Treats Many Pet Conditions

Pets can experience injuries and illnesses that may be sudden or life-threatening. Emergency veterinary care provides the immediate, on-the-spot treatment to save lives and restore animals to health. At Waldorf Emergency Care in Waldorf, MD, we have the knowledge and experience in treating a range of conditions.

Bone Fractures

Your emergency vet in Waldorf will carefully X-ray the injury and set the bone so that it can heal properly. For severe bone fractures, surgery may be necessary.

Respiratory Distress

Animals may experience breathing difficulties, choking, or respiratory infections that can affect their lung function. Our experienced team can help with medications, oxygen therapy, or surgery to improve breathing.

Ingestion of Poisons

If your pet is experiencing vomiting, confusion, or seizures, and you suspect he or she may have ingested a poisonous substance, get your animal to our emergency care clinic immediately for life-saving treatment.

Bite Wounds and Bleeding

A fight with another animal can result in bleeding or wounds that may require stitches or medications to help prevent infection. Similarly, accidents that cause lacerations should receive emergency pet care treatment from our veterinary clinic.

Severe Vomiting or Diarrhea

A severe bout of vomiting or diarrhea can be caused by eating tainted food, ingesting a toxic substance, or intestinal infection. Your veterinarian can help to determine the cause of your pet’s symptoms and administer the right treatment.


Heatstroke occurs when animals are exposed to extreme high temperatures and are not able to cool down. Symptoms of heatstroke include excessive panting, drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, and loss of consciousness. Heatstroke is an emergency that requires immediate veterinary care.


If your pet becomes unconscious, due to heatstroke, an accident, or any sudden illness, take him or her to see our veterinarians immediately for diagnosis and proper treatment.

Severe Skin Problems

We provide urgent care for animals who are experiencing a severe allergic reaction.

Make Waldorf Emergency Care Your Veterinarians for Emergency Pet Care

Our veterinarians and staff at Waldorf Emergency Care have the knowledge and training to provide emergency and urgent care for pets in Waldorf, MD, and surrounding areas. We treat a variety of unexpected illnesses and injuries that can occur in pets. Call Waldorf Emergency Care at (301) 705-9700 to learn more about our urgent care services and the many veterinary conditions we can treat when your pet has an emergency.

Pet Anesthesia FAQs

If your pet is undergoing surgery, our veterinarians may administer anesthesia. By using anesthesia, our veterinarian can put your pet to sleep temporarily. This way, your pet will not feel pain while we perform the operation. Our team at Waldorf Emergency Care has gathered a few questions that we have run into regarding pet anesthesia.

Is Pet Anesthesia Safe?

In order to put an animal to sleep for a brief time, veterinarians use powerful medications like xylazine, romifidine, detomidine, and medetomidine. These medications are used under the strict guidance of the veterinarian while we monitor the animal’s vital signs to ensure it is responding well.

How Do I Prepare My Pet For Surgery?

One of our veterinarians will likely provide specific instructions before surgery. Often, you will have to withhold food for up to 24 hours. It is very important to follow these instructions. When your pet is sedated, its gag reflex will be suppressed. Your pet may choke if it vomits while under sedation. Our vet may also request that you withhold water. These instructions are subject to change depending on the nature of the procedure.

Is Pet Anesthesia Necessary?

Generally speaking, pet anesthesia is needed for a variety of procedures. If our veterinarians are administering emergency pet care or urgent care, your pet may need to be sedated so we can safely perform the operation. Likewise, if the surgery is planned, anesthesia is still typically necessary. Sedating your pet will help it avoid pain and lower the risk of complications. If you have any concerns about your pet’s anesthesia, please mention them before the procedure.

Is My Pet Too Old for Anesthesia?

Some studies have shown that older animals are at a slightly increased risk while being put under. That said, the risks are still low. Furthermore, anesthesia is often necessary to successfully perform an operation or to provide urgent care.

How Long Does It Take for the Anesthesia to Wear Off?

You will need to speak with one of our veterinarians about the specifics of the medications used to sedate your pet. Typically, veterinarians use only as much anesthesia as is needed to minimize the risks. That said, your pet may feel woozy or disoriented for a little while after waking up.

Contact Our Veterinarians in Waldorf, MD

If you have any questions or concerns regarding pet anesthesia, call our team at Waldorf Emergency Care today at (301) 705-9700. You can also reach our veterinarians through our website by using our online contact form.