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Southlake Animal Hospital

3570 E. Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

Critical Care

Do you know who to contact in the event of a pet emergency?

As a caring pet owner, you never want to see your four-legged family member in distress. Unfortunately, unexpected illnesses and sudden accidents happen. At Southlake Animal Hospital, we want you to know that you’ve got a dedicated team of experienced professionals in your corner.

Our hospital and skilled team are equipped and prepared to provide life-saving critical care at a moment’s notice. We’ll quickly diagnose the problem and deliver timely and effective care. Most importantly, we’ll handle your loved one’s case with the utmost compassion, doing everything possible to achieve a positive outcome.

Some of the signs that your pet may need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of a toxic substance or foreign object 
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts, lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours
  • Bleeding
  • Trauma, such as from a fall or being hit by a car
  • Swollen or tender abdomen
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Lameness
  • Disorientation
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Convulsions/seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

If you notice any of these signs, seek assistance right away. At Southlake Animal Hospital, we always recommend calling ahead when an emergency occurs. This allows us to evaluate the situation, provide first aid instructions and prepare the hospital and our team for your pet’s arrival. 

Please also note that we may be limited in terms the number of cases we can take on a given day. As such, we may occasionally need to refer to one of our nearby partners. Rest assured the teams at Animal Urgent Care in Crown Point and North Central Veterinary Emergency Center in Highland are up to the task.

We sincerely hope your pet never requires emergency medical care. In the event that he or she does, however, we want you to know who to call. The team at Southlake Animal Hospital will be here to provide the highest level of care available.