When to Seek Medical Attention

Please don’t hesitate to come in if you think your pet needs emergency assistance. It is helpful to call ahead at (828) 328-6697 so that we may be prepared for your arrival. This will also give us the opportunity to make recommendations for first aid or safe transport if necessary.

Urgent or an emergent needs are:

Bleeding
Bleeding from any part of the body, including blood in the urine or stool.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
Several repeated episodes in a short period, or intermittently over a period of days or weeks.

Convulsions or Fainting
Violent shaking of the head or body, uncontrolled spasms, or loss of consciousness.

Lethargy
Decreased energy and playfulness, decreased exercise tolerance.

Pain
Limping, tense, crying when touched.

Eye Problems
Redness, squinting, rubbing eyes, discharge, a foreign object in the eye.

Weight Loss
Gradual unexplained weight loss over weeks or months, or dramatic recent weight loss.

Changes in Appetite
Decreased or increased appetite, refusing food or water.

Changes In Urination
Urinating larger amounts, urinating frequently, straining to urinate, or urinating small amounts.

Breathing Problems
Shortness of breath, extending head and neck to breathe, wheezing.

Abnormal Color of Gums
Gums should be pink - gums that are dark red, white, pale, or blue.