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