What is an Emergency?

Some emergency situations are obvious. However in some cases you may be uncertain whether your pet’s symptoms are serious enough to warrant immediate attention or may be able to wait until your family veterinarian’s regular business hours. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need guidance about your pet’s specific condition.
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COMMON EMERGENCY SITUATIONS:
• Trauma (bite wounds, broken bones, eye injuries, hit by a car, intractable bleeding)

• Extreme Temperatures (heatstroke, frostbike, hypothermia)

• Respiratory (difficulty breathing, choking, excessive coughing or gagging, distending abdomen)

• Allergic Reactions (hives, swelling of the face, rashes, excessive itching)

• Sudden Changes (sudden weakness or collapse, inability to walk)

• Seizures or Disorientation (changes in behavior, bumping into things, losing balance, falling over)

• Straining to urinate (inability to urinate, spending excess time in litter box, bloody urine)

• Signs of pain (Restless behavior, persistent whining, shaking, hiding, reluctance to move)

• Change in Diabetic Animals (refusing food, acting weak and/or disoriented, vomiting)

• Ingestion of Foreign Objects (socks, corn cobs, magnets, coins, garbage)

• Persistent vomiting or diarrhea, bloody vomit or bowel movements. Non productive retching or vomiting, distended abdomen, straining to defecate

• Pregnant animals who have been in labor for more than one hour without delivering or who have gone more than 3-4 hours between delivering

POISON INGESTION:
Food Poisons For Pets: Chocolate, mushrooms, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, foods containing xylitol (including sugarless gum)

Common Poisonous Plants: House plants such as Easter Lilies or Poinsettias

Poisonous Chemicals: Antifreeze, insecticides, rat poisons, any human medications or health-care products

IMPORTANT:
If your pet has ingested a cleaning, health-care, or other product, bring the product’s packaging or label with you when you bring your pet to the emergency room.

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