Common Emergencies

 
  • Difficulty in Breathing (increased, shallow, delayed or gasping)
  • Bleeding
  • Wounds
  • Straining or unable to pass urine or faeces
  • Changes to mouth gum colour (normal colour is pink)Depositphotos 12721982 m-2015-683-224
  • Distended or bloated stomach
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhoea (blood in faeces or vomit)
  • Difficulty / Delay in delivering puppies / kittens
  • Weakness/Lethargy
  • Changes to alertness
  • Seizures
  • Loss of balance
  • Trembling / shaking
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures
  • Pain, discomfort or acute lameness
  • Trauma - Hit by car
  • Fall from heights
  • Dog or cat fights
  • Bites from wildlife
  • Eating a suspected poisonous plant
  • Exposure to chemicals / toxins
  • Eye discomfort
  • Severe Itching or hives / facial swelling
  • Sudden deterioration of chronic illness
  • Paralysis
  • Inability or unwillingness to eat / drink
 
Most Common Food Toxins
  • Chocolate (especially dark chocolate)Depositphotos 19438669 m-2015-896-423-673
  • Grapes, raisins, currants
  • Onions, garlic, chives
  • Macadamia nuts and Walnuts
  • Alcohol
  • Unbaked bread dough (yeast)
  • Human Medications eg Paracetamol / Ibuprofen
  • Avocado
  • Coffee / Tea (caffeine)
  • Various Mushrooms
  • Fatty foodDepositphotos 129689104 m-2015-297-134
 
Other Toxins
  • Rat and mice bait
  • Slug bait
  • Antifreeze
  • Nicotine/Marijuana

This is not a complete list, if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic do not hesitate to get veterinary treatment. The sooner you obtain treatment for your pet the better the chance of recovery.
 
Signs That Your Pet May Have Ingested Something Toxic
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargic
  • Cannot walk straight/Falling over
  • Twitching/Shaking
  • Seizures
  • Cannot Focus
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Gums turning blue / purple
  • Bleeding