Time To Call: Recognizing a Pet Emergency
When confronted with strange behavior or unusual symptoms, even the most experienced owner can have trouble identifying a true pet emergency situation. Sure, pets can have an “off” day just like us, but there are some symptoms that should never be ignored. That’s where Hallsville Veterinary Hospital comes in!
Not every emergency requires immediate medical assistance, but if your pet shows signs of illness or injury, a prompt veterinary evaluation is highly recommended. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your pet displays the following:
- Trauma – Seizures, visible signs of a fight, and injuries from a car accident or a fall warrant emergency services.
- Bleeding – If your pet is bleeding from an open wound, the mouth, nose, ears, eyes, or rectum, this must be addressed. Blood in your pet’s urine or feces also requires urgent care.
- Vomiting or Diarrhea – Keep a close eye on how frequently your pet is experiencing either of these conditions. If it’s multiple times a day, we’d like to assess what’s going on.
Other Signs of a Pet Emergency
Additional signs that indicate your pet is suffering and needs help include:
- Trouble urinating or defecating
- Collapse or weakness
- Rapid or shallow breathing
- Severe cough
- Inability to walk or move
- Loss of consciousness
- Pale gums
A Word on Pain
Your pet may stoically withstand pain to convince you that his or her health is just fine. That being said, you may notice changes in vocalization, anxiety levels could skyrocket (pacing, panting, whining, etc.), and clingy behavior may increase. All of these indicate pain in your pet, and you should contact us immediately.
Other Reasons to Worry
Pet poisonings are one of the most common reasons for emergency care. If you suspect your pet has consumed any of the following, he or she must be examined at once:
- Household cleaners
- Human medications
- Chocolate or anything containing the sweetener Xylitol
- Various toxic plants
We’re Here for Your Pet
Our veterinarians and staff are prepared to handle a pet emergency Monday through Friday. Should you need assistance after hours, please call the East Texas Pet Emergency Clinic at (903) 759-8545.
At Hallsville Veterinary Hospital, we aim to prevent pet emergencies, and our wellness programs are designed to support nutrition and stop disease. Please do not hesitate to give us a call with any questions or concerns.