Injuries and signs of illness in your pet are not always clear cut, and it can be difficult to know what requires urgent attention and what can wait. Because even minor issues may progress quickly into major life-threatening problems, you should always call your veterinarian when you’re unsure. He or she will help you assess the problem and, if necessary, guide you to the appropriate care at an emergency center like ours.
Come right in if your pet is experiencing any of the following:
- Unconsciousness or collapse
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Pale, greyish or blue gums
- Profuse vomiting or diarrhea
- Blood in the feces, urine or vomit
- Unusual or erratic behavior
- Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or trembling
- Prolonged periods of not eating
- Swollen and/or painful abdomen
- Straining to urinate or defecate
- Prolonged straining during labor and delivery
- Suspected or confirmed ingestion of foreign objects or toxins
- Eye injury
- Traumatic injury from a fall or collision with a moving vehicle
- Bite wounds or other injury sustained in an encounter with another animal
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.
Tips on Handling Your Pet in an Emergency
Ill or injured animals may bite or scratch when disoriented or in pain, so be very careful in approaching your pet. Do not place your face or hands near your pet’s face or mouth until you are sure it is safe to do so. If your pet appears aggressive when you approach, call for help.
If your pet seems approachable, try to wrap him or her in a large towel or blanket, taking care to avoid further injury. (Approach him or her slowly from behind as this angle can seem less threatening than approaching at the head). If possible, in one smooth motion, pick up your pet and transport him or her to your vehicle. It can be helpful to have a box or carrier handy that you can set your pet in from the top to safely confine him or her and prevent further injury.