What is a Pet Emergency

What is a Pet Emergency

When a symptom is urgent, the animal should be seen as soon as possible. When the symptom is emergent, it is potentially life-threatening and the animal must be seen immediately.

  • Allergic reaction (emergent)

  • Insect bites, snake bites, bites or scratches from other animals (urgent)

  • Trouble breathing (emergent)

    • Respiratory distress (shallow or rapid panting without exertion), difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging

  • Lethargic (urgent)

    • Unconsciousness (emergent)

  • Bleeding

    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within five minutes (emergent)

    • Bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in the urine (urgent)

  • Not urinating

    • Male cat not urinating especially (emergent)

    • Minimum a few hours, showing obvious signs of pain (urgent)

  • Seizures

    • And/or staggering and/or collapsed (urgent)

  • Ingestion

    • You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.) (urgent)

    • Ingestion of foreign bodies can trigger pain, bloating, vomiting, diarrhea (emergent)

  • Eyes

    • Injuries to pet's eye(s), squinting, excessive tearing, obvious pain (urgent)

  • Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s) (emergent)

  • Heat stress or heatstroke (emergent)

  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than two episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here (urgent)

  • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more (urgent)

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