What is a Veterinary Emergency?
Not all pet emergencies are obvious. If your pet exhibits any of these signs, they need immediate medical care:
- Difficulty breathing
- Disorientation or trouble walking straight
- Suspected broken bones
- Signs of extreme pain (whining, vocalizing, wincing when touched, etc.)
- Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
- Blood in vomit, stool, or urine
- Struggle to urinate (particularly male cats)
- Ingestion of a toxin
- Distended abdomen that is hard to the touch
- Pressing head against the wall or other surface
Pet Poison Helpline
If you think your pet has ingested a toxin, you can also contact the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 or check their website to see if what your pet ate is on the list of known toxins. As always, if your pet is ever behaving oddly, it’s best to check with your vet, so give us a call if you have any concerns.