Most pet owners recognize the obvious signs of a pet in distress, however oftentimes some signs of serious issues can be subtle. Each pet is different and expresses pain or discomfort in its own way.

Whether your pet has been exposed to a toxin, been stung or bit by an insect, suffered an accident, or you simply notice a change in behavior that is causing worry, it may be a good idea to visit your veterinarian and seek urgent care.

Here are a few signs and symptoms that your pet may need an emergency vet visit:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Uncontrolled bleeding or excessive bleeding
  • Nose-bleed or bruising anywhere on body
  • Change in appetite (decreased or increased)
  • Change in normal activity level: lethargy, hyperactivity, or restlessness
  • Change in stance and/or posture
  • Any open wounds (more than a scratch) or sores
  • Hesitation to climb or jump (if part of normal activity)
  • Limping
  • Sudden inability to move back legs
  • Crying in pain when touched
  • Clumsy or disoriented behavior
  • Seizures
  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Panting in a cat
  • Any difficulty breathing or labored breathing
  • Any blue, purple, or pale hue to the tongue and/or gums
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Sudden collapse
  • Swollen face or limbs
  • Excessive drooling
  • Straining in the litter box without producing any urine
  • Crying out while urinating
  • Change in urination: location, frequency, amount, color, smell
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Sneezing excessively
  • Any unusual odor
  • Hair loss
  • Runny eyes or nose
  • Bloody stool
  • Squinting

If you determine you need to bring your pet in for an urgent care visit, call VETMED. We are available 24/7 and you can call us when you’re on the way at 602-697-4694. We’ll be ready to give your pet the care it needs, and can assist getting your pet out of the car once you arrive.

Some pets in distress show abnormal signs of aggression, so proceed with caution as you prepare to transport your pet to VETMED. Speak to your pet in a calming voice and be gentle, limiting movement as much as possible. Use a crate, dog bed, or towels in your vehicle to provide a soft resting spot during the ride.


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