Emergency Veterinary Care for Louisville Pets

While we hope no one’s pet will experience the need for emergency care, the team at Shelden Vet is prepared to treat your cat or dog in any situation. If an emergency occurs while our hospital is open, we will see your pet immediately.

Our normal business hours are:

Monday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

After-Hours Emergency

If you’re in need of after-hours care, please contact one of the following emergency veterinary clinics in the Louisville area:

Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service
11800 Capital Way
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 266-7007

BluePearl Veterinary Partners – Louisville
13160 Magisterial Dr.
Louisville, KY 40223
(502) 244-3036

First-Aid for Your Pet

Cat with paw in cast

While administering first-aid to your pet is not a substitute for professional care, it can be lifesaving in order to get your cat or dog to a veterinary clinic. The following information reviews basic first-aid procedures for various emergency situations:

Poison exposure/ingestion:

  • If the product label instructs people to wash their hands with soap and water, then wash your pet's skin with soap and water, avoiding the eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • If the label tells people to flush their skin/eyes with water, do this as soon as possible for your pet.


  • Gently lay your pet on a flat surface for support.
  • During transportation, use a board or other firm surface as a stretcher or use a throw rug or blanket as a sling.
  • If possible, secure your pet to the stretcher, making sure to avoid the injured area. This may be as simple as wrapping a blanket around him/her.

Unable to breathe:

  • Open your pet's airway by gently grasping his/her tongue and pulling it forward. Check the throat for any foreign objects.
  • Perform rescue breathing by holding your pet's mouth closed and breathing directly into his/her nose until you see the chest expand. Continue the rescue breathing once every 4 or 5 seconds.
  • Please watch this video from the American Veterinary Medical Association for step-by-step instructions on how to administer CPR to your pet.
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