• Difficulty breathing. Check for extreme restlessness, abdominal breathing, excessive panting in a dog or any panting in a cat.

  • If your male cat is not able to urinate (you may see licking himself or hear him crying in the litter box).

  • If your pet is suddenly not able to move its back legs.

  • If your dog or cat begins to drool excessively.

  • If your pet's normally healthy pink gums appear pale white or blue.

  • Excessive bloating of the abdomen (belly).

  • Seizuring that doesn't stop in a few minutes.

  • Any excessive bleeding that you can't stop by applying pressure for a few minutes.

  • High fever, above 104 degrees with a rectal thermometer.

  • Ingestion of a poison such as rat poison or many human medications.

  • Burns- whether heat or chemical- flush thoroughly with cold water for a few minutes and then call us.

  • Severe trauma-such as being hit by a car or falling out of a window. A pet may look OK at first, but may go into shock in a few minutes or hours.

  • Injury to the eye including it to bulge out, collapse or be very painful (seen as squinting).
  • In a young puppy or kitten-sudden weakness or inability to walk.
  • If your pet has stopped drinking. Animals become dehydrated very quickly.

  • If your pet begins shaking, seems weak, or unusually tired or has been steadily losing weight.

  • If your dog has not eaten in 48 hours, or cat in 36 hours maximum

  • Any sign of blood in vomit, urine, or stool.

  • No bowl movement/stool in 3 days.

  • If your pet has a persistent cough that has suddenly worsened

  • Diarrhea for more than 24 hours.

  • Excessive vomiting-more that 3 times in a 1-12 hour period.

  • Injury to a leg or paw that results in the pet not being able to walk on it (holds the paw up in the air).

  • A scratch to the eye - you may see your pet squinting. Prompt medical attention is needed to avoid further damage.

  • A bird fluffed up at the bottom of the cage. (Not able to stay on the perch)

  • Hives-swelling of the face and itchy raised red lesions over the head and neck or entire body. If associated with difficulty breathing your pet need to be seen immediately.
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