Common Pet Emergencies


Learn to Recognize Pet Emergencies

Thankfully, most of your pet’s medical problems won’t be emergencies and can wait for your daytime veterinarian. However, your pet may suffer a true emergency during the hours your day time veterinarian is closed, and you need to be able to recognize the symptoms and seek assistance immediately. Clinical symptoms may develop slowly with some illnesses or injuries, and it is often difficult to recognize them or judge their severity. Use the list below to decide whether or not you have an emergency. This is not an all-inclusive list of emergencies, so it is best to call us if you have any questions.

Some common pet emergencies are:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding that does not stop from any part of the body
  • Bloated, distended, swollen or painful abdomen
  • Major trauma – falls, hit-by-cars, large wounds, broken bones
  • Lacerations, bite wounds and penetrating wounds anywhere (but especially in the chest or abdomen)
  • Collapse/Loss of Consciousness
  • Ingestion of poison or foreign material
  • Prolonged Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Seizure activity
  • Staggering, stumbling, head-tilted, sudden blindness
  • Lameness or non-weight bearing on any limb
  • Inflammation, swelling or other irritation to the Eye(s)
  • Severe hives or severe itching
  • Inability to urinate or defecate
  • Inability to deliver puppies or kittens
  • Loss of balance or consciousness
  • Pain
  • Rapid heartbeat (in general, >160 for dogs, >200 for cats)
  • Dilated pupils, other eye problems
  • Vomiting or diarrhea with blood or violent episodes

Types of Emergencies

  • hit by a car
  • heavy bleeding
  • gaping wounds
  • collapse
  • paralysis
  • other conditions easily identified as requiring immediate attention

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