What is an Emergency?

Some emergency situations are obvious.  However in some cases you may be uncertain whether your pet’s symptoms are serious enough to warrant immediate attention or may be able to wait until your family veterinarian’s regular business hours.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need guidance about your pet’s specific condition. 


Trauma such as bite wounds, broken bones, burns, eye injuries, hit by car, intractable bleeding

Heatstroke or frostbite, hypothermia

Difficulty breathing, choking,  excess coughing, gagging, distended abdomen

Allergic reactions such has hives, swelling of face , rashes or itching

Sudden weakness or collapse,  inability to walk

Seizures or disorientation, changes in behavior, bumping into things,  losing balance and falling over                                                                                                                                                                  ,                                              Straining to urinate, inability to urinate, spending excess time in litter box, bloody urine.

Signs of pain such as restless behavior, persistent whining, shaking, hiding, reluctance to move.

Diabetic animals refusing food, acting weak and/or disoriented, vomiting

Pregnant animals who have been in labor for more than one hour without delivering or who have gone more than 3-4 hours between delivering

Persistent vomiting or diarrhea, bloody vomit or bowel movements. Non productive retching or vomiting, distended abdomen, straining to defecate

Ingestion of foreign objects such as socks, corn cobs, magnets, coins, garbage

Common Poison ingestion: (Pet Poison Hotline can be reached at 800-213-6680. . A $39 fee applies.)

Food poisons in pets : chocolate, mushrooms, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, foods containing xylitol (including sugarless gum)

Common poisonous plants : House plants such as Easter Lilies or Poinsettias

Chemicals such as antifreeze, insecticides, rat poisons, any human medications or health-care products

If your pet has ingested a cleaning, health-care, or other product, bring the product’s packaging or label with you when you bring your pet to the emergency room.

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms or situations, we recommend bringing him to the closest available veterinary hospital immediately. If you have questions on how to best transport your pet or questions about your pet’s specific case, we can be reached at 860-347-VETS (8387) any time, day or night.