Pet Emergencies

13 Animal Emergencies Require Immediate Veterinary Care

13 Animal Emergencies That Require Immediate Veterinary Consultation and/or Care:

  • Seizures and/or staggering
  • Heat stress or heatstroke
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within five minutes
  • Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  • You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  • Fractured bones, severe lameness, or inability to move leg(s)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea more than two episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
  • Bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in the urine
  • Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  • Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)
  • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety

If your pet is having any of these symptoms and you are unable to reach us, please call Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services, at (502) 266-7007.