Common Animal Emergencies

Call your family veterinarian or 303-443-GLOW (4569) immediately if your pet experiences any of the following emergency symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing, blue tongue or raspy breath sounds.
  • Swollen or distended abdomen, with or without productive vomiting.
  • Inability to urinate or defecate, especially if straining. (Cats may repeatedly go to the litter box, lick at the genital area, and/or vocalize).
  • Ingestion of toxin, including but not limited to: chocolate, rodenticides (D-con), prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs, xylitol (artificial sweetener), nicotine, and household cleaners. Please bring the container with you to the clinic.
  • Traumas such as being hit by a car, falling from a height or experiencing a blunt force, even if the animal is not showing any ill effects!
  • Collapse and/or inability to stand or walk.
  • Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions or seizure activity.
  • Penetrating wound, such as bite wounds, gunshot or stab wounds.
  • Bleeding that does not stop within five minutes (apply pressure using a clean cloth while on your way).
  • Vomiting or diarrhea with blood.
  • Heatstroke — heavy panting, weakness, temperature greater than 104 degrees. 

When faced with a veterinary emergency, call ahead to the office at 303-443-4569 with the animal’s breed (or approximate size), age, present symptoms and any other health problems. While on the phone, confirm the exact location of the hospital.

Common Animal Emergencies

Click the links below for more information on some common emergency conditions in animals. This list is not exhaustive, but still provides important information on common animal emergencies. Contact us 24 hours a day at 303-443-GLOW (4569) if you are experiencing an emergency with your pet.