Is it an Emergency?

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

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.


If your pet is experiencing these emergency symptoms, please head to our ER at NIVES:

5818 Maplecrest Rd.,
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

  • 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


Typical conditions that will be seen at our
Urgent Care:

5812 Maplecrest Rd.,
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

  • 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


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