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What Is A Pet Emergency?

The following are definite emergencies and require immediate medical attention:

  • Difficulty breathing with a blue-colored tongue.

  • Swollen or distended abdomen mainly associated with vomiting, retching, or extreme listlessness.

  • Repeated attempt to urinate in a cat without any urine production.

  • Repeated vomiting.

  • A broken bone related to being hit by a car or from other trauma.

  • Ingestion of a toxin. Common pet toxins include but are not limited to:

    • Chocolate

    • Rat poisons (D-con)

    • Prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs (BRING THE CONTAINER WITH YOU)

    • Artificial sweeteners (e.g., xylitol)

    • Nicotine

    • Household cleaners

    • Antifreeze

    • Certain household plants (e.g., Easter Lillies)

  • Traumas such as being hit by a car, falling from a height, or experiencing blunt force trauma, even if the animal does not show any ill effects.

  • Collapse/inability to stand or walk.

  • Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions, or seizure activity.

  • Penetrating wounds, such as bite wounds, gunshot or stab wounds.

  • Bleeding that does not stop within 5 minutes (Apply pressure using a clean cloth while on your way.)

  • Vomiting or diarrhea with blood.

  • Heatstroke: heavy panting, weakness, a temperature higher than 104 degrees.