What is an Emergency?

Sometimes it's not really obvious when a pet needs emergency care. Some things that are more serious and are more likely to require immediate attention include:

  • Abdominal pain, bloating, or enlargement
  • Repeated vomiting or gagging
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Pale mucous membranes or gum color
  • Rapid or difficult breathing
  • Straining to urinate or bloody urine
  • Prolonged labor
  • Seizures, convulsions, or trembling
  • Sudden paralysis or severe lameness
  • Bleeding or open wounds
  • Tissue swelling or bruising
  • Vocalizing as if in pain or distress
  • Weakness, disorientation or collapse
  • Poison exposure or ingestion
  • Persistent cough
  • Any injury to the eye or swelling