Emergencies & Your Pet

If your pet has become injured, injested poison or a posionous creature, contact your local veterinarian immediately.

A list of common household poisons are listed on the site under our Companion Animal Tips section.

For useful information on Bufo (Cane) toads, click here.

If you observe an injured or sick animal please contact Animal Services at 911. Once an animal is rescued, it is transported to The Humane Society of St. Lucie County or to a veterinary clinic (after regular shelter hours) to be examined and its condition stabilized. If the animal has sustained extensive injuries and is in immediate distress, and where the owner cannot be located within a reasonable amount of time, the animal may be humanely euthanized to prevent further suffering. All decisions on treatment and euthanasia are in consultation with a veterinarian. The HSSLC makes every attempt to find the owner — but please do your part by ensuring that your animal companions are identified with a microchip, collar and tag! If the animal's owner is located, he or she is required to reimburse the HSSLC for expenses incurred in caring for the animal companion.

If you have been bitten or scratched by a stray animal, please seek immediate medical attention and contact Animal Services at 911 for follow up regarding the stray animal.