Is it an Emergency?

Sometimes illnesses that don’t seem very bad are actually quite serious. Other times we panic over things that are not as bad as they seem. Take a look below and see if we can help you better determine how serious the problem with your pet is.

  • Difficult or suddenly noisy breathing
  • Blue or white color in the gums
  • Injury or disease causing loss of consciousness
  • Heavy bleeding or bleeding that will not stop
  • Straining to urinate, especially males
  • Seizures lasting more than 10 minutes
  • Ingestion, or even a suspicion of ingestion of anything toxic (Bring the package with you!)
  • Sudden onset of paralysis or weakness
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Active hard labour without delivering a puppy or kitten in 15 minutes
  • Extreme pain
  • Deep penetrating wounds
  • Continuous vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dangling or non-weight-bearing limbs
  • Ingestion of inappropriate items- balls, string, elastics, rocks, earplugs, etc.
  • Open wounds – the sooner we treat it the better it will heal
  • Severe itching that prevents you or your pet from resting
  • Change in the appearance of a surgical wound such as swelling, redness, or discharge
  • Tick imbedded in skin
  • Mild vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than a day
  • Small amounts of blood in stool
  • Mild lameness that hasn’t resolved overnight
  • Shaking or scratching head or trunk
  • Bad breath
  • Anal gland problems (scooting)
  • Cut or blistered foot pads with only minor bleeding
  • Cat fight wounds, if animal is otherwise fine
  • “Hot spots”- superficial skin infections, unless severely painful
  • Ear infections and hematomas (swollen ear)
  • Insect stings and bites causing swollen lips
  • Otherwise healthy animals off-feed for more than 2 days

In the event of an emergency during our normal office hours please call ahead if possible and proceed directly to our practice.

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