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.

EMERGENCY, pet needs to be seen right away, even in the middle of the night;

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

Urgency, should be seen today;

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 imbeded in skin

Serious health problem, should be seen today or tomorrow;

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.

For after hour emergencies please contact one of the clinics below: