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Emergency Veterinary Visits: How to Know When It’s Time to Go

Recognizing that your pet is struggling can be challenging, even for the most attentive pet owners. Animals tend to mask pain much better than humans; therefore, it may be hard to notice that your pet needs emergency medical attention. Here are common signs that indicate you should load up the car and take your pet to the emergency veterinary hospital.

Difficulty Breathing

Whether your pet is gasping for air, choking, or experiencing an extreme cough, they need to be seen by a veterinarian if they have any trouble breathing. Several factors can contribute to your pet’s inability to breathe fluidly, from obstructions to internal bleeding, which are very serious and should be addressed immediately.

Bloated Abdomen

A bloated, swollen, or tender abdomen can point to various health complications. Gastric dilation-volvulus, when the stomach twists and swells, is one of the potential reasons your pet is experiencing bloating and can be fatal if not handled immediately.

Mobility Issues

If your pet suddenly collapses or exhibits signs of profound weakness, inability to walk, acting disoriented, or shaking uncontrollably, it is time to get to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital, as these symptoms can indicate more significant issues.

Abnormal Urinating or Defecating

If your pet is straining to do their business,it can be a sign of a deeper problem, especially for cats. If your pet has an extreme case of diarrhea, has no control of their bowel movements, or you notice blood in their stool, it is an emergency.

Bleeding or Open Wounds

If your pet gets into an accident, you should take them to the emergency veterinary hospital. This also goes for bites, punctures, and other forms of severe trauma they may endure. Even if there are minimal injuries on the surface, X-rays may be needed to identify broken bones or other internal injuries that could be life-threatening. 

Visit your local emergency veterinary hospital if your pet experiences abnormal symptoms of discomfort, extreme bleeding, or signs of fast-progressing illness.

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