When should you rush your pet to the vet, when is a call sufficient, and when should you just “wait and see”?

Not sure if your pet needs the vet? Here’s a list of symptoms you should definitely be heading to the vet for.

Emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary care:

  1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
  2. Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  3. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  4. Inability to urinate or pass faeces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  5. Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)
  6. You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  7. Seizures and/or staggering
  8. Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
  9. Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  10. Heat stress or heatstroke
  11. Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
  12. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  13. Unconsciousness

The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet’s health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinarian.

 

Cybervet (South African Veterinary Association), Paws, June 2013

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