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Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton 

Is It an Emergency?

Some emergencies are obvious. When your pet has been hit by a car, been badly burned, is bleeding uncontrollably from a wound, or has obviously broken a bone, you know that immediate care is needed. However, not all emergencies are as obvious. When your pet is in distress, it's hard to know how serious the situation is. Is immediate care really necessary? Should you wait to seek help until your family veterinarian opens in the morning? These are perfectly normal questions to ask, and we encourage you to contact us immediately
(254) 231-3774 if you are having any concerns about the severity of your pet's condition. In an effort to help you understand what may be happening with your pet, Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton has compiled a list of common symptoms your pet may experience in an emergency situation: 

  • Major trauma—including car accidents, bite wounds, severe burns, broken

              bones, etc.

  • Breathing difficulties—such as distressed panting and irregular


  • Serious bleeding—including lacerations, bite wounds, or bleeding that will

              not clot

  • Heatstroke or hypothermia
  • Collapse, seizures, or loss of consciousness
  • Poisoning
  • Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea
  • Infected wounds or areas
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Eye redness, tearing, or spasms
  • Known ingestions of a poison or foreign object

If your pet is showing any of these symptoms, please contact us for help or bring in your pet immediately. 


A common cause of veterinary emergencies comes from animals ingesting poisonous substances, such as human foods, toxic plants, or household products. If you believe your pet has ingested any of the following, please call us, or call the ASPCA Poison Control Center  at (888) 426–4435 immediately:

  • Antifreeze

  • Prescription or over-the-counter drugs (both human and animal)

  • Household plants—including hops (fresh and spent), lilies, azaleas, kalanchoe, rhododendron, chrysanthemum, English ivy, and poinsettia

  • Insecticides, pesticides, and rodenticides

  • Household products—including bleach, detergents, disinfectants, and scouring products

  • Human foods—including (but not limited to) avocado, chocolate, coffee, onions, raisins or grapes, macadamia nuts, garlic, salt, yeast, and products sweetened with xylitol

To learn more about potential poisons for pets and what to do if you believe a curious cat or dog has ingested something toxic, please visit the ASPCA's Pet Poison Control Center or contact Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton.

Time Matters in an Emergency

In a pet care emergency, time is of the essence. Once you have determined that your pet requires emergency care, call us and take the following steps to get help immediately:

  1. Protect yourself. Animals in pain often bite. Don't take it personally. Your cat or dog is scared, in pain, and just trying to protect his- or herself from further injury.
  2. Approach your pet calmly, slowly, and gently. Kneel down and call his or her name and wait for a reaction. 
  3. If your pet is passive, and if his or her conditions allow, secure your pet (a kennel or towel works well) and gently get him or her into the car to come in for treatment.

 If your pet displays any type of aggression, call for help and contact us for further instructions.

Call Ahead

If possible, call and let us know you are coming. This is not a requirement, but rather an opportunity for our staff to be
ready and waiting to help your pet when he or she arrives. Even if you can't call personally, ask a friend or neighbor to call for you. The more information you can provide about your pet's emergency, the better prepared we can be to help your pet recover.

On the Go

Driving with an injured or traumatized pet can be stressful. If possible, get a partner, neighbor, or friend to drive you to the hospital so you can attend to your pet along the way. If possible, secure your pet in a kennel or wrap him or her in a towel or blanket for easier transport in and out of the car and to keep your pet safe while on the road. Remain calm and protect yourself at all times, but don't be afraid to offer your pet assistance as needed and as the situation allows. And please, drive safely.

Plan Ahead

It's always wise to have an emergency plan in place, just in case you need it. Having your veterinarian's phone number, the contact information for Animal Emergency Center of Temple - Belton, your pet's medical records (including the names of any medications or allergies), and an animal first aid kit on hand are all measures you can take to alleviate the stress of an emergency. Additionally, keep the number for ASPCA Poison Control Center, (888) 426–4435, with your list of contacts, just in case.