Emergency Pet Care: Recognizing the Signs

Pet emergencies come in many forms, but recognizing the signs is sometimes difficult. Dogs and cats are experts at hiding illness—it’s a natural instinct that would have protected them from looking vulnerable in the wild. However, living in the comfort of your home, this instinct no longer serves them as well. Luckily, there are signs you can look for that indicate an emergency.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to seek emergency pet care:

  • Blunt-force trauma (such as being hit by a car)
  • Suspected fractures or broken bones
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Blood in vomit, stool, or urine
  • Sudden collapse or unconsciousness
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty urinating (especially in male cats)
  • Signs of extreme pain such as decreased mobility or increased vocalizing

Any significant change in behavior is also a sign that your pet needs to see the vet. While every instance may not be an emergency, it’s important to call us to get a professional assessment and determine whether you need to seek emergency pet care.

After-Hours Emergency Pet Care

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services

(248) 334-6877

1400 S Telegraph Rd.

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital - Southfield

(248) 354-6640

29080 Inkster Road

Southfield, MI 48034

Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital - Auburn Hills

(248) 371-3713

3412 East Walton Blvd.

Auburn Hills, MI 48326


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