How do I know if my pet is having an emergency?

Bring your pet into the clinic immediately if he/she is showing any of the following signs:

  • Unconsciousness, or won’t wake up
  • Not breathing or no heartbeat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting for more than 24 hours, or if your pet is vomiting blood
  • Trouble breathing or something stuck in throat
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose or mouth
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Suspected poisoning (antifreeze, rat poison, medication not prescribed for your pet or any household cleaners)
  • Inability or straining to urinate
  • Extreme pain (whining, shaking, refusing to socialize)
  • Collapsing or suddenly inability to stand up
  • Disorientation (bumping into things)
  • Irritation or injury to your pet’s eyes
  • Swollen or hard abdomen and/or gagging
  • Labor in a pregnant animal lasting longer than 3-4 hours between deliveries
  • If you pet has experienced some sort of trauma (being hit by a car, or falling more than a few feet)

I think my pet is having an emergency and I need to bring him/her in immediately. What should I do?

Come immediately to the clinic, or after hours, to the emergency clinic. Call us before you leave or while you are on your way so that we can prepare for the situation.

I think my pet may have eaten something poisonous, but he/she seems fine. What should I do?

Don’t panic, but call us right away. If your pet is not showing any abnormal symptoms, you can call the Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA) at (888) 426-4435. Please Note: You may be charged a consultation fee.