When Is It An Emergency?
In a medical emergency, minutes matter. If your pet is injured in an accident or you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, please bring your pet in immediately:
- Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
- Loss of consciousness or extreme lethargy
- Seizures or disorientation
- Weakness or inability to stand
- Hemorrhage (bleeding that won’t stop)
- Pale gums
- Straining/inability to urinate or defecate
- You suspect your pet has ingested a foreign body, harmful chemicals, human medications or toxic plants
- Trauma from a fall or being hit by moving vehicle
- Extreme pain causing whining or shaking
- Distended (swollen) and tense abdomen
- Uncontrolled or prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Difficult labor (prolonged straining without delivering puppies or kittens)
- Any significant change in behavior
We understand that sometimes you’re just not sure if it’s an emergency that warrants a visit to the emergency room. In that case, please call us anytime, day or night, at (719) 473-0482. It’s always better to err on the side of caution!
And sometimes, our pets exhibit no symptoms other than simply not behaving like themselves. You know your pet better than anyone else—so if you feel your pet isn’t acting normally and you’re concerned, please call us. A member of our staff can assess whether your pet needs to be seen or not.