What’s Considered an Emergency?

//What’s Considered an Emergency?
What’s Considered an Emergency?

What’s a Pet Emergency?

It can be difficult to know. Trust your instincts and, if in doubt, call 828-697-7767. The following list of symptoms/situations should be assessed by a veterinarian.

  • Open mouth breathing in cats
  • Difficulty breathing in dogs
  • Diarrhea, especially bloody diarrhea
  • Painful eye
  • Severe lameness in any limb
  • Fever above 103.0°
  • Inability to urinate
  • Inability to defecate
  • Seizures
  • Gunshot wound
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Choking or gagging
  • Prolonged coughing
  • Painful ears
  • Sudden collapse, disorientation or extreme lethargy
  • Bite wounds or puncture wounds
  • Abscess
  • Lacerations
  • Hit by car
  • Vomiting
  • Ingestion of any possible toxic substance, including:
    • chocolate
    • rat poison
    • antifreeze
    • snail bait
    • mushrooms
    • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • other human drugs
    • Xylitol artificial sweetener
  • Any problem that is of concern to you