Is it an emergency? This certainly can be 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.

  • Increased rate and/or effort in breathing
  • Shallow or delayed breathing – gasping
  • Bleeding
  • Wounds
  • Changes to Oral Gum Color (should be pink)
  • Distended or Bloated Belly
  • Persistent Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Changes to Alertness
  • Convulsion/Seizure
  • Loss of Balance
  • Trembling/Shaking
  • Fall from Height
  • Dog or Cat Fights
  • Bites from Wildlife
  • Sudden Deterioration of Chronic Illness
  • Eating suspected poisonous plant (click here for link to ASPCA Poison Plant page)
  • Exposure to any chemicals/toxins (click here for common Pet Health Toxins)
  • Eye discomfort, severe itching, hives, facial swelling
  • Straining or unable to urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Difficulty or Unusual Delay in Delivering Kittens or Puppies
  • Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
  • Pain, Discomfort or Acute Lameness
  • Trauma
Ultimately if your 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.