Our pets are family, and Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, understands pet emergencies. Debating whether your pet is in an emergency situation can be difficult and could mean the difference between life and death. No one knows your pet as well as you do, so if you suspect your pet's condition is urgent, call us now (757-595-3337).
If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms below, please call us at (757-595-3337).
Open Wounds, Severe Burns, Broken Bones
Some of the most obvious symptoms that require visits to pet hospitals are open wounds, severe burns, and broken bones. If your pet has been hit by a car, in a fight with another animal, or experienced some other accident or trauma, call us immediately (757-595-3337).
White, Blue, or Pale Gums
Discolored gums are signs of:
- low blood pressure
- poor circulation
- internal bleeding
They are one of the first signs that something is seriously wrong with your pet. If your pet's gums are white, blue, or pale, contact us as soon as possible (757-595-3337).
Toxin (Poison) Ingestion
If you believe that your pet has ingested toxins such as pesticides, chocolate, onions, alcohol, or human medications, please contact us immediately (757-595-3337.
High or Low Body Temperature
If your pet seems lethargic, try taking his or her temperature. The normal body temperature range for dogs is 101–102 degrees Fahrenheit and for cats is 100.5–102 degrees Fahrenheit. If your pet's temperature falls significantly below or above these ranges , seek immediate medical attention (757-595-3337).
Crying out Incessantly and Loudly
Abnormal and loud cries may indicate that your pet is suffering from severe pain, even if there are no external symptoms.
Irregular and Excessive Cough
Coughing may be a sign of an infection or problems with the trachea, lungs, or heart that require immediate attention.
A bloated abdomen can be a sign of severe abdominal trouble. If left untreated, this could rapidly lead to death.
Heavy or Labored Breathing
Heavy or labored breathing may sign a heart problem, overheating, or respiratory problem. However, heavy breathing may also be a sign of stress or a complication of obesity. Pay attention to your pet's breathing and call us (757-595-3337) for help if your pet has more than 30 breaths per minute while sleeping. This is a sign of significant compromise of lung function and is an emergency.
If your pet is experiencing a seizure or falls unconscious, call us immediately (757-595-3337). If treated in time, a seizure may be prevented from causing permanent nerve or brain damage.
We want you to feel safe about your pet's health, and we desire for your pet to receive quick medical attention when needed. If your pet is suffering from other symptoms that might be urgent, call Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, now (757-595-3337).