Senior Man Using a CellphoneUnlike those ponchos you see everyone wearing at Niagara Falls, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to an emergency situation. Indeed, every pet is unique and so is every risky or dangerous scenario. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared! Knowing what to look for and how to handle a pet emergency is critical and could save your pet’s life someday.

Go With Your Gut

You know your pet the best, so you’re more likely to notice slight changes and symptoms associated with illness or injury. However, it’s not always obvious when there’s an emergency, so awareness and preparation are major factors that impact the outcome of your pet’s situation.

If you’re ever in doubt, please contact us. You’re accustomed to your pet’s behaviors and patterns, so listening to your instincts is absolutely critical.

Recognizing a Pet Emergency

True Care Veterinary Hospital is open every day to support your pet’s wellness. However, please contact Garden State Veterinary Specialists for after-hours emergency care.  

The following signs typically indicate there’s a pet emergency that requires immediate medical care:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Respiratory distress such as rapid, shallow, or labored breathing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Broken bones
  • Any injury sustained to the eye(s)
  • Animal bites
  • Painful or bloody urine or stool
  • Seizure, collapse, or unconsciousness
  • Obvious signs of pet poisoning from toxic plants, Xylitol, chocolate, or chemicals
  • Behavioral shifts, including aggression or hiding

Depending on the situation, you may also notice:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Inappetance or refusal to drink water
  • Lethargy
  • Abnormal body temperature (either too high or too low)
  • Choking, gagging, or excessive coughing
  • Shaking
  • Increased vocalization or anxiety
  • Swelling

Act Quickly

As soon as symptoms become obvious, time is truly of the essence. Every moment counts, and it’s imperative to remain calm. We understand it can be extremely stressful to see your pet in pain or experiencing a trauma. That’s why our team is here to assist you from the minute you call or bring your pet in for emergency care.

A true pet emergency can vary, and whether your pet requires hospitalization, surgery, or diagnostic tests, you can rely on the team at True Care Veterinary Hospital. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns.