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Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital

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Is It An Emergency?

The Emergency Department at NIVES is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Types of common emergency situations may include:

You know your pet best, and if you believe your pet is sick or hurt, please bring him or her in for evaluation. If your pet has ingested a potentially poisonous substance, you can call the National Animal Poison Control at 1 (888) 426-4435. Please be aware there is a consultation fee associated with this service. They will provide you with a case number that can be referenced if your pet needs emergency treatment by a veterinarian.

Emergency Room

If your pet is experiencing these emergency symptoms, please head to our ER at NIVES: 5818 Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46835

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  • Trauma: severe bite wounds, broken bones, burns, deep cuts, electric shock, heatstroke, frostbite, hypothermia, hit by car

  • Difficulty breathing: short or shallow breath, increased effort, gagging, choking

  • Weakness, inability to walk, sudden collapse

  • First-time seizure, seizures lasting more than three minutes, or multiple seizures

  • Non-productive retching/vomiting, swollen or distended abdomen

  • Allergic reactions including swelling, rashes, or itching

  • Excessive or persistent bleeding

  • Inability to urinate, straining to urinate

  • Diabetic animals refusing food

  • Pregnant animals in labor for more than one hour without delivering, those that have gone more than 3-4 hours between delivering

  • Bumping into things, disorientation

  • Signs of pain such as whining, shaking, hiding, or dull behavior

  • Vomiting blood, passing blood in stools/urine

  • Sudden, drastic changes in behavior, appetite, elimination habits

Urgent Care

Veterinarian Helping a Dog with an Injured Leg

Typical conditions that will be seen at our Urgent Care:

  • Eyes: swelling, discharge, redness

  • Nose: running, crusting, discharge

  • Ears: discharge, debris, odor, twitching, scratching, shaking

  • Coughing or sneezing

  • Vomiting (minor or occasional)

  • Diarrhea

  • Straining to have a bowel movement

  • Change in urine color, frequency, or amount

  • Lameness/limping

  • Recent ingestion of minor foreign material or toxin (if showing no clinical signs)

  • Change in behavior (depression, anxiety, sleepiness)

  • Evidence of worms, or fleas

  • Wounds or bite marks (minor)

  • Lumps

  • Facial swelling, licking, or scratching