Should You Bring Your Pet to the Vet?

Cat at the vet

Some situations are straightforward and make it easy to determine when your pet needs emergency veterinary care. The moments when pets display subtler signs of distress are the times that pet owners wonder if their animals need to be seen right away or if they can wait for their primary veterinary clinic to reopen. Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center believes that no one knows your pet better than you and if you’re concerned, then so are we. Bring your pet in for a walk-in appointment or call our veterinary healthcare team for guidance.

If your pet is exhibiting one or a combination of these symptoms, they may need to be seen by an urgent care veterinarian:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea/bloody stool
  • Blood in the urine
  • Bloated stomach
  • Not walking
  • Not eating, drinking, or using the bathroom
  • Crying out in pain
  • Seizures or twitching
  • Continual coughing
  • Significant amount of bleeding
  • Sudden weakness
  • Limping
  • Painful, squinting, or swollen eyes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Pale, blue-tinged, or brick red gums
  • Not urinating (especially felines)

Whenever you are concerned for your pet’s health, seek medical attention. Small changes are sometimes indicative of serious problems. Long-term outcomes are generally better for pets the earlier that a diagnosis can be made and the sooner that treatment can begin.

“I’m so grateful for Rossmoye ER. My dogs are frequent flyers here, and thankfully each of their visits have been for less serious issues. Knowing rossmoyne is 10 minutes away, I never hesitate to pile my mischievous furbabes in the car and take them to get checked out. I always think to myself “well, it’s probably nothing...but what if it is serious and I did nothing to help them?” I hope our visits to Rossmoyne are always for my peace of mind. But I know that regardless of the severity or reasons for our visits, my pups will always get great care here. Thank you for all that you do!”
Erika Brunelle