Dr. Phil Zeltzman’s Blog
What is a TRUE emergency?
When should you rush to your family vet? When should you go to the emergency clinic? When is it safe to wait until the next day?
Here is a list of 13 true emergencies that require immediate vet care, day or night, week day or week end*.
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes.
- Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging.
- Bleeding from nose, mouth or rectum; coughing up blood; blood in urine.
- Inability to urinate or defecate, or obvious pain or straining while eliminating.
- Injuries to an eye.
- Your pet ate or drank something poisonous (antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rat poison etc.).
- Seizures and/or staggering and/or paralysis.
- Fractured bones or severe lameness.
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety.
- Heat stress or heatstroke.
- Severe 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.
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more.
The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet’s health warrants, at a minimum, a call to your family vet.
Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free Certified
* This list was compiled by the American Veterinary Medical Association.