pet emergencyWaiting for troubling symptoms to simmer down may not always yield terrible results. After all, you probably wouldn’t want to force your cat into the travel kennel, drive him or her to our hospital, only to find out that the terrible retching you heard earlier was just a hairball.

Pets, like us, endure minor illness or injury from time to time, and it’s not uncommon to “wait it out” to see whether symptoms either progress or subside. If you find yourself in a discomforting gray area, it may be best to bring your pet in (or, at the very least, call). But knowing the tell-tale signs of a pet emergency is equally important.

A Key Responsibility

Even the most seasoned pet owners don’t see all red flags. Animals are hard-wired to mask any signs of illness or injury as a method of self-preservation. Staying in tune with your pet’s patterns, behaviors, and habits can go a long way toward honing in on what’s possibly wrong.

Signs of a Pet Emergency

Certain situations require immediate veterinary attention. Sure, not every emergency is life-threatening, but prompt evaluation and diagnostics are critical to a positive outcome. Please do not wait to call us if your pet is experiencing any of the following:

  • Bleeding – Any severe bleeding from the nose, mouth, or rectum, or blood found in urine or feces, should be addressed immediately.
  • Poisoning – Exposure to dangerous household products, like bleach, over-the-counter and prescription medications, the artificial sweetener Xylitol, cigarettes, or any food known to be poisonous to pets require immediate attention.
  • Elimination difficulties – Problems in the yard or litter box must be evaluated quickly to preclude ongoing suffering.
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea – Multiple times a day? Don’t wait to see how your pet might feel tomorrow.
  • Trauma – If your pet got into a fight with another animal, fell from a significant height, collided with a car, or has seizures, he or she could have significant trauma.
  • Heat exhaustion or heatstroke – Excessive panting, pale gums, temperature of 104 degrees or higher, lethargy, or disorientation can all indicate a pet emergency.
  • Pain – We take pain management seriously. Any signs of physical tenderness, disorientation, trouble walking or standing, or anxious-looking behaviors require veterinary care.
  • Eye Issues – If you see any discharge, bleeding, swelling in or around the eye, please contact us.
  • Delivery – A pet going through an extra-long labor may need help delivering her puppies or kittens.

We Are Always Here for Your Pet

Few pet owners know exactly what to do in a pet emergency, but that’s why our veterinarians are here!

While you know your pet better than anyone, we can help you in support of excellent wellness, preventive care, and treatment of illness or injury. We can assist you during normal business hours, and are also available for emergency phone consults by calling our regular hospital number: 281-360-1500.