As a pet parent, you want to do what’s best for your companion. Sometimes, though, knowing what to do can be challenging. Because our furry family members can’t tell us what’s wrong or what hurts, it is often difficult to differentiate between true emergencies and situations that can wait until normal business hours.
If your pet has been involved in a car accident or has ingested or been exposed to a toxin or poison, seeking prompt veterinary care is always vital. There are also certain symptoms that could indicate a serious problem and should never be ignored. Generally, if your pet is experiencing any of the following issues, it is best to bring them in right away:
- Crying out in pain
- Serious cuts and/or profuse bleeding
- Blood in urine, stool, or vomit
- Repeated episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Distended, painful abdomen
- Sudden extreme lethargy or confusion
- Seizures or loss of consciousness
- Inability to stand or walk
- Refusing to eat or drink for 24+ hours
- Problems during labor or delivery
This list is by no means exhaustive. If your pet is not experiencing any of the symptoms listed above but you still believe that they may be facing an emergency, it is best to err on the side of caution and bring them in right away.