What Are Some Signs That My Pet Needs Emergency Care?

The following problems qualify as serious or potentially serious enough emergencies and you should schedule an immediate emergency visit and evaluation:

  • Pale or blue gums
  • Difficulty or inability urinating or defecating:
    Straining or painful
  • Breathing Problems:
    Extreme effort to breathe, rapid/deep breathing (not normal panting), noisy breathing with anxiety or distressed breathing)
  • Irregular/racing heartbeats
  • Weak or irregular pulses
  • Distended, bloated abdomen
  • Continued or severe diarrhea and/or vomiting, or attempts to vomit but nothing is produced
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Change in body temperature
    Heatstroke or high fever (higher than 103.5)
  • Difficulty or inability to stand, staggering
  • Apparent paralysis
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures/convulsions
  • Toxicity
  • Burns
  • Bite wounds
  • Head injury
  • Bleeding:
    Bleeding from any part of the body, bleeding that does not stop (even if it seems minor)
  • Pain:
    Pet crying out in pain, continuous pain, severe pain in any location, painful abdomen or painful over the back area
  • Any eye problem
  • Abnormal discharge from any part of the body
  • Acute onset blindness
  • Difficulty giving birth
  • Allergic reactions:
    Hives, collapse, itching
  • Trauma with resulting lameness or wounds
  • Unwitnessed trauma of any kind

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