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Is This An Emergency?

Is it an emergency?  This certainty can by a challenging question to answer and especially since our team cannot make a diagnosis over the phone.  Many diseases can have similar signs but vary in severity.  The following list is signs or conditions that would typically be associated with potentially serious conditions.
  • Emergency__element37.jpgIncreased rate and/or effort in breathing
  • Shallow or delayed breathing - gasping
  • Bleeding
  • Wounds
  • Straining or unable to urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Changes to Oral Gum Color (should be pink)
  • Distended or Bloated Belly
  • Persistent Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
  • Difficulty or Unusual Delay in Delivering Puppies or Kittens
  • Weakness
  • Emergency__element39.jpgChanges to Alertness
  • Convulsion/Seizure
  • Loss of Balance
  • Trembling/Shaking
  • Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
  • Pain, Discomfort or Acute Lameness
  • Trauma?  like Hit by Car
  • Fall from Height
  • Dog or Cat Fights
  • Bites from Wildlife
  • Eating suspected poisonous plan
  • Exposure to any chemicals/toxins
  • Eye discomfort, severe itching, hives, facial swelling
  • Sudden Deterioration of Chronic Illness
Ultimately if you have any concerns about your pet's well being that is reason enough to have your pet examined at our hospital.  We highly encourage you to make an appointment with your veterinarian, if you choose not to use our services.