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Emergency Care

When to Seek Emergency Care for Your Pet

If you believe your pet’s medical condition is serious and can’t wait for an appointment, the safest option is to trust your instincts and seek emergency veterinary care. If you’re in doubt, the following situations generally are considered medical emergencies:

  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within 5 minutes
  • Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  • Bleeding from nose, mouth or rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  • Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  • Injuries to your pet's eye(s)
  • You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.). Learn more about animal poison control resources.
  • Seizures and/or staggering
  • Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  • Heat stress or heatstroke
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea (more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here)
  • Refusal to drink water for 24 hours or more
  • Unconsciousness

(Source: American Veterinary Medicine Association)

At Village Vets, we urge you to call us if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.


If it is after hours please contact Long Island Veterinary Specialists at 516 501 1700 or www.LIVS.org