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Nashville Veterinary Specialists

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 or from other trauma

  • 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.