Emergencies happen every day. Being prepared can greatly increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. If you believe your pet is having an emergency, please immediately contact your family veterinarian or emergency veterinary hospital before administering a home therapy. Common emergencies include but are not limited to the following:

  • Seizures or collapse
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing or excessive panting
  • Abnormal gum color (pale or bluish/gray or bright red)
  • Abnormal skin appearance
  • Abnormal urination behavior
  • Bloat
  • Wounds, trauma or abnormal bleeding
  • Disorientation, lethargy, weakness
  • Allergic reactions
  • Lameness
  • Toxicities

In case of an emergency, you should have your veterinarian's office phone number and emergency contact number posted in a convenient location near the phone. You should also list the phone number and location of the nearest veterinary emergency clinic.