Contact us immediately

if your pet:

Has been exposed to a toxin or poison or has had trauma including:

- A broken bone

- Heavy bleeding that cannot be stopped

- An eye injury, the eye is out of socket, or appears enlarged or protruding

- A fight, especially if it was with a cat or a wild, or unvaccinated animal

- Puncture wounds to the abdomen or chest

- Any trauma to the head

- A severe laceration, or an incision that has opened and the skin is gaping

- Swelling of the face and/or hives


Has had heat or cold related injuries including:

- Chewing on an electrical cord and receiving shock or burn

- Burns or inhaled smoke

- Heat stroke or fever over 105°F (normal for a dog is less than 102.5°F)

- Frostbite or hypothermia


Has signs of gastrointestinal distress including:

Vomiting:

- Blood in vomit

- Vomiting accompanied by diarrhea

- Vomit that looks and smells like stool

- Vomiting is projectile

- Vomiting that is sporatic and there is no relationship to meals

- Multiple bouts of vomiting occuring over a short period of time

- Ingestion of poison (like antifreeze or fertilizer)

- Vomiting persists more than a day or two

​- Stomach bloating occurs or your dog tries to vomit but can not

​- Pet also seems listless

- There is weight loss

- Pet is showing other signs of illness such as labored breathing or pain


Diarrhea:

- Bloody diarrhea

- Diarrhea accompanied by vomiting

- Multiple bouts of diarrhea occuring over a short period of time

- Ingestion of poison is suspected

- Fever or other signs of toxicity are present

- Diarrhea persists more than a day or two

- Pet also appears listless

- There is weight loss

- Pet is showing other signs of illness such as labored breathing or pain


Has signs of nervous system or muscular disease including:

- Extreme lethargy or depression, unconsciousness, collapse, or coma

- Seizures

- A head tilt, staggering, walking in circles, knuckling over (walking on the top of the foot), unable to use hind limbs, or other problems moving

- Severe or continuous pain

- Sudden inability to bear weight on one or more limbs


Has signs of urinary or reproductive problems including:

Difficulty giving birth: no puppy after 24 hours of beginning labor; no puppy after 1 hour of active straining; over 4 hours between deliveries; weak or infrequent contractions once labor has started; failed to start delivery within 24 hours of the temperature dropping below 99°F; crying or licking the genital area excessively; abnormal bleeding or vaginal discharge; weakness

- A male in whom the penis is exposed and cannot be withdrawn back into the sheath (the hair covered area that usually encloses the penis)

- Straining continually but unable to pass urine, or the urine has blood in it

- Crying while trying to urinate




Contact us the same day
if your pet:

Has signs of heart or respiratory disease including:

- Some difficulty breathing, shallow breathing, or breathing at a faster rate (unassociated with physical excercise or environmental temperature)

- Continuous sneezing or coughing


Has signs related to digestion or food and water consumption including:

- Not eating or drinking for 24 hours

- Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours and acting depressed

- Drinking water excessively, unrelated to activity or environmental temperature


Has signs of nervous system or muscular disease including:

- Sudden change in behavior

- Crying when touched or picked up

- Cloudy eyes, squinting, or appears unable to see

- Severe limping




Contact us within 24 hours
if your pet:

Has signs related to digestion or food and water consumption including:

- Not eating, but no other signs of illness

- A soft stool, but there is no pain, blood, fetid odor, green or black color, mucus or straining

- Occasional vomiting (2 or 3 times), but no abdominal pain or blood

- Sudden weight loss or gain

- Drooling



Has signs of nervous system or muscular disease including:

- Limping for more than 24 hours

- Swollen joints

- Lethargy, depression, sleeping more than usual, unwillingness to play or excercise


Has signs associated with the skin including:

- Moderate itching or an unpleasant odor from the coat

- A discharge from the eye, ear, or other body opening








WHEN TO CALL THE VETERINARIAN

The following information may help you decide which conditions are absolute emergencies, and which ones may let you take a "wait and see" attitude. If your pet is sick or injured and you are unsure of the severity of the condition, contact us right away.

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