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What are the Signs of a Pet Emergency?

Minutes count in a pet emergency. If your pet was injured in an accident or is experiencing any of the signs listed below, please contact us or bring your pet in immediately for treatment. If you’re not sure if pet emergency care is necessary, call us regardless at any time at (757) 935-9111.

Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

Your pet may need immediate emergency care from our team if they are experiencing any of the following:
Bulleted lists:

  • Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Distended and/or painful abdomen
  • Change in body temperature (heatstroke, frostbite, hypothermia)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures (collapse, stiff limbs, jerking movements)
  • Weakness or inability to stand
  • Paralysis
  • Bleeding excessively from a wound, from the nose and/or mouth, or rectum
  • Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Straining or unable to eliminate
  • Pale gums

Pet emergencies take many forms. If you suspect but are not completely certain that your pet is having an emergency, please call your primary care veterinarian (if it’s during regular business hours) or call The COVE at (757) 935-9111 to find out what to do next. It is always best to be cautious and have your pet examined just in case.