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Signs of an Emergency

Pets don’t always let us know when they aren’t feeling well. Some pets instinctually will hide their pain and discomfort, making it difficult to know when it is time to bring them in to the vet. Check out our list of some of the warning signs of an emergency condition so that you are aware of what signs NOT to ignore.

Warning Signs of an Urgent/Emergency Condition:

1. Loss of consciousness, seizures, disorientation, or episodes of bizarre behavior

2. Difficulty breathing, excessive panting, persistent cough, or open mouth breathing (cats)

3. Puss or bloody discharge from any part of the body or surgical incision

4. Gums that are not their normal pink color, especially if white, gray or blue

5. Straining to urinate or defecate, especially if non-productive

6. Diarrhea, especially if persistent, bloody or painful

7. Vomiting, especially if persistent, bloody or non-productive

8. Collapse, inability to walk or move legs

9. Eye problems (redness, discharge, squinting, pawing at eyes)

10. History of trauma, ingestion of foreign substances or toxins, electric shock, burns, or heatstroke

11. Pain—having trouble getting comfortable, crying, or seeming painful to touch

12. Excessive sleepiness—cannot be roused

13. Not eating or drinking for more than 24 hours

14. Facial swelling/hives

​If you are ever unsure of the severity of your pet’s symptoms, do not hesitate to contact our hospital to speak with one of our team members. We understand the complexity of pet care, and believe that there are no “stupid questions.”

We are always more than happy to help you—even if it is just by giving you peace of mind about your pet.