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Determining Whether You Should Go to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital or Wait Until Tomorrow

When your pet is displaying signs of pain, illness, or irritation, it is always better to be on the side of caution. Pets cannot vocalize what hurts or how intense the pain is. It is up to owners to analyze their pet’s situation and determine the best course of action. Here are some common signs that your pet needs to be seen by a professional immediately rather than waiting until regular business hours to see your usual veterinarian.

Breathing Troubles

Breathing troubles can present in a variety of ways. For cats, breathing troubles may present as panting or open-mouth breathing, which is considered an emergency. For both cats and dogs, if abdominal heaving or extending of the neck occurs whenever they take a breath, this is a sign of a much larger problem.

Weakness or Inability to Move

If your cat or dog is having a hard time walking or standing up, it is essential to monitor them closely. If you notice they are staggering or unsteady on their feet, having them checked out by an expert at an emergency veterinary hospital is a good idea.

Disorientation or Seizures

Disorientation may look like abnormal shaking, restlessness, pacing, confusion, or the inability to get comfortable. There are many reasons these symptoms can occur, and to avoid the worst-case scenario, it is crucial to see a professional. This is also true if your pet is experiencing seizures or tremors.

Abnormal Appearance

If your pet does not look like their usual self or is acting bizarre, it may be due to an underlying medical condition. Check your pet’s gum color to ensure they are not white or blue. Facial swelling, hives, bulging eyes, or squinting eyes are all symptoms that your pet is unwell.

If you suspect your pet has been exposed to something toxic, it is imperative that you call Poison Control first. For any abnormal medical behavior, visit your local emergency veterinary hospital.