Is this an Emergency?

How do you know when you need to get your pet to the vet right away? Some problems might be very obvious emergencies, but others might not be so visible.

It’s a good idea to give you vet a call if any of the following is happening-Caduceus at the Vet (Wheaton, MD)photo © 2009 takomabibelot | more info (via: Wylio)

  • Problems breathing
  • Pale or blue gums
  • Trauma/ hit by a car
  • Bleeding
  • Unconscious
  • Not putting weight on a leg
  • Not able to urinate
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Lethargic
  • Puncture/bite wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Foreign objects embedded
  • Vomiting that won’t stop
  • Swallowed foreign object/ poison
  • Burns
  • Swelling
  • High temperature
  • Low temperature

If you aren’t sure if something is an emergency, call your vet or take them to the nearest emergency clinic.  If something is going on that you are concerned about, it is much better to have it checked have everything be okay than to let it go and have a problem become worse.

1 comment to Is this an Emergency?

  • Great list. It is important to have that emergency number, too. We just found an emergency clinic closer to us and that has been a relief to know we have coverage.

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