If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, seek care immediately.Call our office immediately (707-762-7387), or call Animal Care Center in Rohnert Park (707-584-4343) if it is after business hours. Do not wait to call, even if you are not totally sure about your pet’s symptoms.
- Bleeding, hit by a car, or other trauma
- Bloated appearing abdomen, especially if associated with vomiting or retching
- Straining to urinate
- Repeated vomiting or diarrhea, or any vomit or diarrhea that contains blood or is very dark in color
- Ingestion or suspected ingestion of any toxin or chemical
- Collapse, weakness, dizziness
- Difficulty walking
- Trouble breathing
- Severe cough
- Limping to the point of not bearing weight on the leg
What if I don’t think it is an emergency ?
Again, if in doubt, always call for advice.
Listed below are common symptoms and general guidelines for when your pet needs to see a veterinarian.
- Any change in your pet’s normal behavior lasting more than 1 day (hiding, acting lethargic, not wanting to play, acting painful, etc)
- Loss of appetite lasting more than one meal
- Unexpected increase in appetite
- Vomiting more than 1 time (Note- it is NOT normal for cats to vomit frequently from “hairballs” or “eating too fast”.)
- Abnormally hard or soft stools more than one time.
- Increase in thirst, drinking more water than usual, urinating more than usual
- Cats urinating outside of the litter box
- Weight loss or weight gain that seems out of proportion to what your pet is eating.
- Itchy skin, hair loss, rashes. (Please come to us before you go to the pet store for remedies…you’ll be glad you did!)