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Is it time to call the emergency vet?

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Emergencies happen, but since our pets can’t explain to us what is going on with them, it is important to know what symptoms require that you get your pet to the emergency hospital immediately.


• Difficulty breathing
• Physically traumatic event (hit by a car, falling a distance)
• Distended (swollen) abdomen
• Collapse
• Pale gums
• Fever/high body temperature
• Acute pain anywhere on the body
• Bleeding
• Bruising easily
• Uncontrollable vomiting and inability to hold down water
• Seizures
• Severe diarrhea, with or without blood
• Difficulty or inability to urinate
• Ingestion of a toxin or overdose of a medication
• Lacerations or bite wounds

Remember, these are only guidelines. The most important resource you have is your veterinarian, discuss what to do in an emergency and keep the number for Allied Veterinary Emergency Hospital, (850)222-0123, nearby. 


Dr. Potter is the medical director of Allied Veterinary Emergency Hospital and is the only board certified emergency veterinarian in Tallahassee.


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Guest Tuesday, 26 September 2017