dvm-42One of the most common questions we tend to get from clients is, “Do I really need to bring my dog in for ___?”  So, we thought we would put together a list of animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary care. Please feel free to share with your friends!

  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
  • Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or obvious pain/straining
  • Injuries to your pet’s eye (s)
  • You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous, such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.
  • Seizures or staggering
  • Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move legs
  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  • Heat stress or heatstroke
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea, more than 2 episodes in a 24 hour period
  • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  • Unconsciousness

The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet’s health warrants, at minimum, a call to your  veterinarian.