Know the Signs of a Pet Emergency

Sometimes it is difficult to know if a pet is just uncomfortable or if the situation warrants a call or visit to the veterinarian. In general, there are a variety of conditions that we would call urgent, with the potential for becoming a veterinary emergency.

Contact us at once if your pet has experienced the following:

  • Respiratory difficulty
    gasping, choking, wheezing, or if your pet stops breathing
  • Trauma
    from an accident, injury, a fall of any kind, or if you suspect or see broken bones
  • Bleeding
    especially from the mouth, nose, eyes, or if you see blood in the urine or stool
  • Seizure
    any seizure can require immediate veterinary attention
  • Collapse
    a fall to the ground or the inability to get up, or if you suspect heatstroke
  • Unconscious
    unresponsive or won’t wake up
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea
    lasting for more than 24 hours, or if you see blood
  • Poisoning
    suspected ingestion or exposure to toxins, from antifreeze and rat poison to human medications and household products
  • Pain
    whining, biting, pawing at a spot on the body, shivering, aggression, or withdrawal
  • Impaired vision
    injury or irritation to the eye, wandering or bumping into objects
  • Difficult labor
    more than three or four hours between delivery of puppies or kittens, or any concerns during labor

These are some of the obvious concerns that would precipitate a call to our veterinary emergency service. However, we are always here to answer questions and offer guidance any time you have a pet health concern.

Handling an Injured Animal

Injured animals often communicate their pain through aggressive or defensive actions, especially after a trauma. Approach the animal slowly while talking in a calm, soothing voice. ALWAYS muzzle an animal in pain or have someone restrain the head before examining the injured area.

Assess the nature of the emergency as quickly as possible. Call a veterinarian as soon as possible and seek professional care for your pet immediately.

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The VSES emergency team is equipped to handle complex veterinary emergencies for your companion animal in need, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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