If you’re a pet owner, you know how curious, adventurous, and fun-loving our pets can be. Unfortunately, these wonderful traits can also sometimes get them into trouble.

With pets living longer, thanks to excellent pet nutrition, our better understanding of what pets need to stay healthy, and advanced veterinary care, most of us will experience an emergency with our pets at some point in their lives. As a responsible pet owner, it’s up to you to be able to recognize and respond to  pet emergency. 

Luckily, your team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital has your back. Keep reading to learn how to tell if it’s a pet emergency, and what to do if it is. 

You’re Welcome To Call

First things first. You’re never wrong to call us for a consultation if you feel something is wrong with your pet. Time is of the essence in some situations, so if you know your pet is in trouble, come in right away (you can call us from the car, if need be). 

Veterinarians are trained to recognize signs of a pet emergency, so give us a call if you’re worried. 

Red Flags

When you are noticing troubling symptoms, it’s sometimes hard to know when you can “wait it out” or if your pet needs to be seen right away. But there are certain obvious signs that warrant immediate medical attention. 

Please come in to see us right away if you notice any of the following: 

  • Bleeding from the eyes, mouth, nose, or rectum
  • Bloody stool or urine
  • Straining to urinate (especially in male cats)
  • Difficulty breathing or panting while at rest
  • Mobility problems
  • Obvious signs of trauma, such as animal bites, open wounds, seizures, or injuries from a car accident or fall
  • Lethargy or withdrawl
  • Pale gums
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Disorientation 
  • Anxiety
  • Any swelling
  • Elevated temperature or heart rate
  • Your pregnant cat or dog has been in labor for more than 3 hours since delivering a puppy or kitten
  • Any signs of pain (cannot get comfortable, hiding, clinginess, whines or cries when touched)
  • Hard abdomen and/or retching and trying to vomit 

Pet Poisonings

Pet poisonings are one of the most common reasons for a pet emergency. Never let your pet near the following: 

  • Antifreeze
  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Household chemicals
  • Rat poison/ rodenticide
  • Fertilizers
  • Medications
  • Essential oils
  • Toxic plants
  • Marijuana

Jump Into Action

A pet emergency may be scary, but having a little knowledge in your back pocket and being prepared can really help you jump into action effectively. We recommend learning (and are happy to help):

  • Pet first aid and CPR
  • How to put pressure on wounds in order to stop bleeding
  • How to transport your pet safely in an emergency
  • Ways to address your pet’s defensive postures or aggression in an emergency
  • What effects poisoning and seizures have on the body

Your Pet Emergency Team

During regular business hours, the team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital can support your pet with advanced diagnostics and surgery. If your pet needs care at night or on the weekend or holidays, please contact the nearest animal emergency hospital. 

If your pet has consumed something poisonous, please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435.