First & foremost, IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN…

An emergency is any event, behavior, or situation that you, as your pet’s number one advocate, know to be out of the ordinary or concerning.

You can always call to discuss your pet, but be aware that you are the only one who can actually see your pet’s behavior and know your pet’s normal behavior.

If you think it’s an emergency, bring your loved one in!

What signs indicate an emergency situation?

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Bone protruding through the skin
  • Leg, paw, or other appendage not in a normal position
  • Hit by car or other major trauma (falls, attacks, etc.)
  • Actively having a seizure
  • Puppies/Kittens not born within 2-3 hours of active labor (pushing) starting
  • Swelling of the face or elsewhere
  • Non-productive attempts to vomit (especially large dogs!)
  • Ingestion of toxin or being bitten by something poisonous (snake, spider, etc)
  • Difficulty walking including stumbling, circling or limping
  • Any active bleeding
  • Prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea (especially young pets!)


What do you do?

Call immediately or come in!

If time allows and you can, be prepared with the following information when you call us (or come in):

  1. What happened? – or – What signs have you noticed?
  2. How is the pet breathing?
  3. Is your pet alert?
  4. Is there any bleeding? If so, from where?
  5. Is your pet able to walk?
  6. Is there any abdominal distension?
  7. Is your pet urinating? Is there any straining or blood?


Again, if you note any of the above signs or feel your pet needs immediate medical attention Call us now for 24 hour emergency pet care in the greater East Tennessee area.


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