What Constitutes a Veterinary Emergency?

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Call us immediately if your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms listed below.  If you are unsure if your situation constitutes a veterinary emergency, please err on the side of caution and call.

Conditions Requiring Emergency Veterinary Attention in Dogs
  • Attempting to vomit but not being able to. This condition can be symptomatic of a life-threatening condition called Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV), also known as “Bloat”. This serious and potentially fatal condition happens when the stomach becomes filled with excess gas then twists, preventing the gas from escaping.
  • Antifreeze ingestion.
  • Difficulty breathing or catching breath.
  • Inability to stand or use hind legs.
  • Straining to urinate or defecate.
  • Displaying neurological problems such as drooling profusely, staggering, or experiencing a seizure.
  • Projectile vomiting
  • Extreme sluggishness
  • For breeding females, difficulty delivering their puppies.

Conditions Requiring Emergency Veterinary Attention in Cats
  • Repeated trips to the litter box with little or no urine production, or straining to urinate. Neutered males are more prone to urethral blockage than females, but in either case the condition is a definite emergency since it can be fatal if untreated.  
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or antifreeze ingestion.
  • Open-mouthed breathing or panting. 
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea leading to extreme dehydration.
  • Loss of appetite for more than 24 hours.
  • Inability to use or dragging hind legs.
  • Difficulty breathing or catching breath.
  • Extreme lethargy and sluggishness.
  • Strange behavior such as excessive hiding under a bed or in a closet.
  • Pain during eating.
  • Foul breath/drooling
  • Constipation
  • For breeding females, difficulty delivering their kittens.