Pet Emergency

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Signs of a Pet Emergency

How to Tell If Your Pet Is Having an Emergency

Pets can behave in unusual ways, so it may not always be easy to determine if they’re experiencing an urgent situation or not. For your information, the Animal Emergency Center has compiled a list of common conditions that can indicate an emergency.

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please call our clinic immediately at (570) 399-0403.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:Respiratory problems

    A:• Excessive coughing
    • Labored breathing
    • Noisy or increased breathing rate or effort
    • Blue tongue or gums

  • Q:Excessive bleeding

    A:• Bleeding from any body part or orifice (mouth, eyes, ears, etc.)

  • Q:Bloated or distended abdomen

    A:• Swollen stomach
    • Inability to eat or drink
    • Dry heaving
    • Excessive drooling

  • Q:Urinary retention

    A:• Ineffective, frequent attempts to urinate
    • Weak urine stream
    • Abdominal distension

  • Q:Constipation

    A:• Infrequent or lack of defecation
    • Straining to defecate with little or no fecal volume
    • Hard or dry bowel movement
    • Swelling around the anus

  • Q:Heatstroke

    A:• Heavy panting
    • Weakness
    •Rectal temperature higher than 104°F

  • Q:Uterine inertia (inability to deliver)

    A:• Inability to deliver by end of normal gestation period
    • Going more than 1-2 hours after delivery of one fetus (puppy or kitten) with other fetuses remaining in uterus
    • Going more than 15 minutes with membranes protruding

  • Q:Trauma or injury

    A:• Falls or collisions with an object (vehicle, motorcycle, etc.)
    •Limping
    • Pain
    • Whimpering
    • Bleeding

  • Q:Penetrating wounds

    A:• Punctured skin, chest, or abdomen
    • Bleeding

  • Q:Shock

    A:• Pale gums
    • Weakness
    • Shallow breathing
    • Dilated pupils

  • Q:Allergic reaction

    A:• Hives
    • Red eyes or lips
    • Swelling around facial area

  • Q:Pain

    A:• Whining/whimpering/yelping
    • Pacing
    • Trembling Unwillingness to move
    • Aggressive behavior when moved

  • Q:Lameness

    A:• Decreased range of motion
    • Muscle atrophy
    • Limb pain
    • Abnormal posture

  • Q:Neurological abnormalities

    A:• Collapsing
    • Walking off balance
    • Tilting of the head Seizures (more than one in a 24-hour period)
    • Circling Visual deficiencies

  • Q:Slow Heart Rate

    A:• Lethargy
    • Seizures
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Excessively slow breathing

  • Q:Rapid heart rate

    A:• Pale mucous membrane
    • Weakness
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Fever

  • Q:*Poisoning/toxicosis

    A:• Vomiting
    • Shaking
    • Fever
    • Seizures
    • Diarrhea
    *Common toxic substances include antifreeze, rodenticides, lawn fertilizers, chocolate, human medication, and household cleaners.

  • Q:Eye problems

    A:• Squinting one or both eyes
    • Discharge
    • Closed eye(s)
    • Cloudiness in eyes
    • Change in eye color

  • Q:Swollen paws (dogs)

    A:• Inflamed paw
    • Limping
    • Constant licking of the paw

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