Is this an Emergency?
Common pet emergencies
- Ingestion of rat poison, chocolate or anti-freeze needs IMMEDIATE attention. A list of toxic substances for cats and dogs may be found here.
- Difficult or labored breathing
- Any trauma (hit by car, lacerations, etc.)
- Lethargy or unusual restlessness
- Seizure activity
- Difficulty urinating, bloody urine, unable to urinate
- Rapid swelling or distention, especially on head or abdomen
- Vomiting / loss of appetite
- Diarrhea / constipation
- Excessive salivation / Difficulty swallowing
- Difficult or unusual movement. Collapsing needs IMMEDIATE attention
- Rapid or extremely slow pulse
- Excessive coughing or sneezing
- Excessive water consumption
- Porcupine Quills
Tips on Dealing with Emergencies
1. Be cautious when handling injured pets. Animals in pain frequently become aggressive, even when they are normally friendly.
2. DO NOT attempt home remedies. They frequently make the situation worse.
3. If your pet ate medication, rodent poison, chocolate, or any other potentially toxic item bring the wrapper/container with you.
4. If your pet has ingested a potentially poisonous substance, you can call National Animal Poison Control at 1 (888) 426-4435. Please be aware there is a consultation fee associated with this service. They will provide you with a case number that can be referenced if your pet needs emergency treatment by one of our veterinarians.
5. Try to remain calm.
If you are worried or concerned about what your pet is doing, bring them in right away.