While it is impossible to list every single type of emergency you might encounter with your pet this list covers the most common ones.
Our clients should call us right away if they note any of the following things with their dogs or cats.
If you are in doubt as to whether something is an emergency or not, it is best to call.
- Significant trauma, such as being hit by a car, an object or a large fall.
- No breathing or you can’t feel a heartbeat.
- More than mild trouble breathing.
- Vomiting any more than 2 times within 12 hours or any amount of blood in vomit.
- Broken bones.
- More than mild bleeding from any area of the body.
- Possible ingestion of any sort of poison or medication not prescribed for your pet (or an overdose of medication prescribed for your pet).
- Poisonous bites (insect, snake, scorpion, etc.).
- Straining to urinate, or inability to urinate, particularly in male cats.
- Signs of extreme pain, such as whining, yelping or shaking.
- Collapse or suddenly can’t get up.
- Irritation or injury to the eyes.
- Abdomen is swollen or bloated and hard to the touch.
- Heatstroke – Click for more info
- Pregnant dog or cat is in labor (abdominal contractions) more than four hours between delivering puppies or kittens.
- Electric shock.