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Pet Emergency at West Hills Animal Hospital and Emergency Center

HAVING AN EMERGENCY? CALL US IMMEDIATELLY

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Pet Emergenices For Which You Should Immediately Seek Medical Care:

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West Hills Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center

Symptoms include:

Emergencies include:

Description of some of the symptoms listed above:

BREATHING DIFFICULTY
Labored breathing and/or pale or blue gums or tongue may indicate heart failure, lung disease, internal bleeding, or major chemical imbalances.

SERIOUS BLEEDING
For heavy bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound, seek help immediately.

MAJOR TRAUMA
If your pet has fallen, been hit by a car, or has suffered multiple wounds from an unknown source, you should seek professional help immediately, even if your pet is acting ok.

LACERATIONS AND BITE WOUNDS
Wounds that break the skin are contaminated and can become infected. Many wounds that seem minor to the naked eye – a small puncture or bite wound – can often have deeper, more serious injuries below the skin’s surface.

COLLAPSE / LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Illness or injury may make a pet too weak to stand. Neurological problems can prevent normal movement and lead to greater injury if your pet tries to walk.

POISONING
If you know or suspect this, call our office immediately for professional direction to deal with this very serious problem quickly!

PROLONGED VOMITING OR DIARRHEA
Many serious illnesses begin with vomiting and/or diarrhea. Multiple episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration and shock.

INFECTIONS
If your pet develops an infected wound or abscess, or if he/she suddenly gets worse while on medication for an infection, seek professional help immediately. Infection can spread rapidly and lead to death if not treated properly.

DIFFICULTY URINATING
Your pet may appear to be straining due to constipation, but it could be more serious. Frequent attempts to urinate that don’t produce a normal urine flow could indicate infection or obstruction – especially in male cats! This can lead to uremic poisoning and death.

EYE PROBLEMS
Redness, excessive tearing, pain, pawing at the eyes, squinting or eyelid spasms suggest an acute problem. The symptoms can intensify if not treated.


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Pet emergencies for which you should immediately seek medical care:

Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breading
  • Bleeding that does not stop from any part of the body
  • Bloated, distended, swollen or painful abdomen
  • Major trauma - Falls, hit-by-cars, large wounds, broken bones

FULL LIST OF PET EMERGENCIES