What is an emergency?

Here are a few “need-to-go-to-the-emergency-room-now” signs:


1) Difficulty, abnormal or no breathing

2) Loss of consciousness or collapse

3) Shock: weak, rapid pulse, pale gums, cool limbs, low body temperature

4) Bloat: drooling, swollen belly, extreme anxiety, pacing, attempt to vomit or defecate unsuccessfully

5) Any burns or gaping wounds

6) Seizures

7) Profuse, repeated vomiting or diarrhea

8) Depression, lethargy, weakness, bumping into things

9) Near-drowning

10) Electric shock


Whenever possible, call ahead before transporting, so the emergency clinic can be prepared. Note: If you’re unsure, you can always call an emergency animal hospital or vet office and ask.