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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.

Your Waldorf Veterinarian Explains Why Avocados are Toxic to Pets

Why Avocados are Toxic to Pets

Avocados contain persin, a fungicidal substance and toxin that seep into the flesh of avocados from its seeds. Because avocados have such low amounts of persin, they are safe for humans to eat. Only people who are allergic to persin or avocados, in general, may experience adverse effects. If your dog or cat munches on an avocado, don’t worry. There’s not enough persin in avocados to harm dogs or cats. Avocados are only poisonous to dogs or cats if they eat the avocado tree bark or the seeds or skin of an avocado. However, if you know your pet has eaten an avocado and are worried about your pet’s health, please bring your pet to our animal hospital in Waldorf for a complete medical check-up.

Avocado Poisoning in Birds, Rabbits and Farm Animals

Birds are extremely sensitive to persin and will suffer signs of poisoning if they eat avocados. Difficulty breathing, inability to perch, heart tissue damage, weakness, restlessness and disorganized plumage are symptoms of avocado poisoning in birds.

Rabbits should never eat avocado leaves. Jaw swelling, heart arrhythmia, and even death may occur when rabbits chew on avocado leaves.

Goats and cows eating the bark or leaves of an avocado tree may suffer reduced milk production and mastitis, an infection of breast tissue.

Horses eating avocados and any part of the avocado tree may experience colic, gastritis and/or mastitis.

Treatment for Avocado Poisoning in Pets

For pets with mastitis from eating avocado leaves/bark, your Waldorf veterinarian may prescribe analgesics to reduce discomfort. If an animal is diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to eating avocados, your vet could prescribe anti-arrhythmic medications to reduce heart swelling.

No antidote exists for birds suffering from avocado poisoning. Supportive care involving administration of intravenous fluids is the first line of treatment. Diluting persin in a bird’s body as quickly as possible is essential for reversing the effects of avocado poisoning in birds.

Your emergency hospital in Waldorf is open 24/7, every day of the year. Call or stop by anytime if you need the assistance of an emergency vet: (301) 705-9700.