When Seconds Matter
Burleigh Road Animal Hospital is able to accommodate most emergencies during our regular business hours. However, it is recommended that whenever possible, you contact our hospital ahead of time to ensure that our team will be prepared to see your pet immediately upon arrival.
Depending on the seriousness of your pet’s symptoms, we may advise you to take your pet directly to a 24-hour emergency care facility.
Signs of an Emergency
- Loss of consciousness, seizures, disorientation, or episodes of bizarre behavior
- Difficulty breathing, excessive panting, persistent cough, or open mouth breathing (cats)
- Puss or bloody discharge from any part of the body or surgical incision
- Gums that are not their normal pink color, especially if white, gray or blue
- Straining to urinate or defecate, especially if non-productive
- Diarrhea, especially if persistent, bloody or painful
- Vomiting, especially if persistent, bloody or non-productive
- Collapse, inability to walk or move legs
- Eye problems (redness, discharge, squinting, pawing at eyes)
- History of trauma, ingestion of foreign substances or toxins, electric shock, burns, or heatstroke
- Pain—having trouble getting comfortable, crying, or seeming painful to touch
- Excessive sleepiness—cannot be roused
- Not eating or drinking for more than 24 hours
- Facial swelling/hives
If you are not sure of the severity of your pet’s symptoms, please call us. We will advise you accordingly.
We are always more than happy to help you—even if it is just by giving you peace of mind about your pet.