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13 Animal Emergencies That Require Immediate Veterinary Consultation and/or Care

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This applies to small pets as well as horses!

1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that

doesn't stop within five minutes

2. Choking, difficulty breathing or

nonstop coughing and gagging

3. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum,

coughing up blood, or blood in urine

4. Inability to urinate or pass feces

(stool), or obvious pain associated

with urinating or passing stool

5. Injuries to your pet's eye(s)

6. You suspect or know your pet has

eaten something poisonous (such as

antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)

7. Seizures and/or staggering

8. Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)

9. Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety

10. Heat stress or heatstroke

11. Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than two episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of

these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here

12. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more

13. Unconsciousness

The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet's health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinarian.

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