Is it an emergency?

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If you know you have a true emergency click here: Emergency.

After hours problems? Do you need to go to an emergency center? The following is a list of some true emergencies that should receive immediate care:

  • Collapse with loss of consciousness, loss of urine or stool during collapse.
  • Labored breathing, bluish gums or tongue on previously pinked areas, open-mouth breathing/panting in cats.
  • Seizure (loss of awareness along with body movements i.e. paddling legs) that lasts for more than 5 minutes, seizures that are occurring repeatedly in a small time span i.e. 3 seizures within 20 minutes.
  • Inability to urinate for 12-24 hours (perhaps can pass a few drops of urine only).
  • Any eye problems that involve more than just eye discharge.
  • Any known toxin ingestion or exposure, including:
    Rat/mouse poison, chocolate (particularly semi-sweet, baker’s chocolate, or dry cocoa powder), anti-freeze, human prescription or over the counter medications, cigarettes, xylitol (artificial sweetener), pennies, raw bread dough, mothballs, moldy food, chemicals, plants. All toxin exposures should first call the Animal Poison Control at
    1-888-426-4435, ASPCA poison control.
  • Hit by car.
  • Impaled by object.
  • Relentless vomiting.
  • Object stuck in mouth or around jaw.
  • Evident leg fracture with bone protruding. Suspected bone fracture because of known or suspected trauma and inability to place any weight on limb.
  • Any dog attempting to vomit, but is unsuccessful or perhaps only bringing up white foam. Particularly large breed dogs. These dogs are also usually lethargic, and may or may not have an apparent distended belly.
  • Any dog or cat that is suddenly lethargic, uncomfortable, and has a distended belly.
  • Any animal suddenly unable to use its back legs +/- front legs – paralyzed, or has great incoordination in the hind legs suddenly.
  • Any animal with a wound that does not stop bleeding after 5 minutes.
  • Ingestion of a foreign body – i.e. sock, ball, batteries, etc.
  • Any animal with pale pink or white gums.
  • Any animal who is suddenly behaving uncharacteristically aggressive.

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