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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 especially associated with vomiting, retching or extreme listlessness
  • Repeated attempt to urinate in a cat without any urine production
  • Repeated vomiting
  • A broken bone associated with being hit by a car
  • 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 a blunt force, even if the animal is not showing any ill effects!
  • Collapse/inability to stand or walk.
  • Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions or seizure activity.
  • Penetrating wound, 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, temperature greater than 104 degrees.