What is a pet emergency?
If an animal is seriously ill or injured, it needs emergency care immediately. Bring your pet in to see us if any of the following should occur.
- Difficulty Breathing: Noisy breathing, blue tongue or gums, abnormal panting, gasping for air, or very shallow breathing.
- Unstoppable Bleeding: Before transporting, apply pressure to wound area with a clean cloth. Do not use a tourniquet.
- Inability to Urinate or Defecate: Continuously straining with little or no result. Blood in stool or in urine, painful urination or defecation.
- Heatstroke: Signs include heavy panting, extreme weakness, body temperature above 104° F. Wrap your pet in cool, wet towels prior to transporting.
- Bloated or Distended Abdomen (With or Without Vomiting)
- Inability to Deliver Kittens or Puppies: Continuous contractions for more than 1 hour or more than 2 hours between babies or more than 15 minutes of labor with fetus or membranes protruding.
- Loss of Balance, Unconsciousness, or Seizure: Tremors, staggering, convulsions, sudden blindness, fainting, tilting of the head, or sudden changes in behavior, such as unusual withdrawal or aggression.
- Pain: Especially continuous pain. Signs of pain in animals include whimpering, restlessness, crying, and reluctance to move or change position, dilated pupils and a fast heart rate.
- Major Trauma or Injury: If your pet has fallen, been hit by a car, or has suffered wounds anywhere on the body, especially to the eye, chest or abdomen or has broken bones.
- Shock: If your pet show signs of weakness, collapses, shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, or weak pulse.
- Poisoning: If you believe your pet has been exposed to poison, call first, and then bring the container with you if you have it, or the commercial name or chemical name for the list of ingredients. Common poisoning in pets include ingestion of insecticides, snail bait, anti-freeze, rat poison, over-the-counter drugs (Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.), prescription medications, snakebites, and some plants.
- Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: Excessive, continuous, or contains blood.
- Lameness: Continuous, not baring weight on limb, or swollen limb.
- Eyes: Eye injuries, sudden blindness, cloudiness or abnormal discharge.
- Allergic Reactions: Swollen face, hives, red skin, difficulty breathing, severe itching or a rash.
- Diabetics: Shaking, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, excessive vomiting, or seizures.
- General: Severe lethargy, decreased appetite, temperature greater than 104° F or anything else that concerns you.