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What is a Pet Emergency?

If you believe that your pet is having an emergency situation that cannot wait for your primary care givers normal business hours, check the list below to confirm. If it is indeed an emergency than we encourage you to come in so we can assess the problem.

Calm Grey Cat being held by a male nurse looking at each other.
Calm Grey Cat being held by a male nurse looking at each other.

What is a Pet Emergency?

The following are indications that your pet may require immediate medical attention:

  • Difficulty, labored (breathing with their abdominal region), blue colored tongue

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Pain

  • Swollen or distended abdominal region, especially if vomiting, retching or signs of weakness

  • Repeated attempts to urinate from a cat that is not producing urine

  • Repeated vomiting, blood in vomit

Traumatic Injuries (even if not immediately showing signs):

  • Hit by a car

  • Falling from height

  • Blunt force trauma

  • Penetrating wounds (e.g. stab wounds, bite wounds)

Toxin ingestion - common pet toxins may include (but not limited to):

  • Chocolate

  • Rat/Gopher Poision

  • Prescription drugs (please bring the label with you!)

  • Artificial Sweeteners (Xylitol)

  • Nicotine

  • Household cleaning products

  • Antifreeze

Other:

  • Certain household plants

  • Collapse/Inability to stand/walk

  • Loss of balance or loss of consciousness

  • Seizure activities

  • Bleeding that does not stop within 5 minutes (please apply pressure while enroute)

  • Bloody diarrhea

  • Heat Stroke

  • Heavy panting

  • Weakness

  • Elevated temperature

  • Hives and severe itching, especially combined with vomiting or lethargy

  • Inflammation, swelling, or recent injury to eye(s).

  • Foreign object ingestion