Pet Emergencies That Should Be Evaluated Immediately

1359 E. Butler Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone 928.779.5522 Fax 928.286.5136

As an owner, it is sometimes difficult to know the severity of your pet's injury or illness and to decide whether or not the situation requires veterinary attention. 

When in doubt, please contact your veterinarian or the closest veterinary hospital.

  • Difficulty breathing, choking, non-stop gagging, and/or coughing
  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that does not stop within five minutes
  • Bloat (i.e, distended/bloated abdomen, pain, and lethargy)
  • You suspect or know your pet has ingested something poisonous
  • Inability to urinate, straining, or obvious pain while trying to urinate
  • Inability to pass feces, straining, or obvious pain while trying to pass feces
  • Allergic Reaction (i.e., swelling, hypersalivation, hives/welts, severe itching/sneezing)
  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety (i.e, pacing, heavy panting, hiding, or vocalization)
  • Heat stress or stroke (i.e., heavy panting, bright red gums, hyperventilation, hypersalivation. In severe cases: vomiting/diarrhea, pale gums, or tremors) 
  • Severe lameness or the inability to move
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Injuries to the eye
  • Seizure activity
  • Bite wounds

​​Common Pet Emergencies