Emergency Services

Types of Emergencies

London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital is committed to maintaining close communication with your family veterinarian any time your pet has visited. Once your pet has been discharged, a full medical record will be sent to your family veterinarian so they will always have a complete medical history.

Emergency Scenarios:

The following is a list of emergency scenarios where assessment by a veterinarian is strongly recommended. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and evaluation by a veterinarian is always recommended if you are concerned about your pet in any way.

Suspected or known toxic exposure to:

  • Human medications (over the counter and prescription)
  • Chocolate
  • Raisins/grapes/currants
  • Lilies (all parts of the plant)
  • Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
  • Marijuana and nicotine
  • Caffeine
  • Onions and garlic
  • Xylitol (sugar substitute)
  • Rodenticides (rat/mouse bait)
  • Playdough
  • Permethrin (in some flea treatment products)
  • Pesticides

Other Emergency Scenarios Include:

  • Non-productive retching/attempts to vomit, gagging, apparent swelling or bloating of the abdomen
  • Signs of pain or discomfort (yelping, change in mobility, abnormal gait or posture)
  • Profound lethargy
  • Changes in mentation
  • Trauma (fall from a height, hit by car, dog or cat bite wounds)
  • Signs of difficulty breathing (abdominal effort while breathing, blue/purple gums, open mouth breathing in a cat)
  • Evidence of bleeding or hemorrhage (secondary to wounds, blood noted in vomit or stool, noted from the gums or nostrils, black/tarry appearance to stool)
  • Signs of heat stroke (excessive panting, collapse, vomiting, diarrhea, red gums)
  • Persistent or bloody vomiting or diarrhea
  • Seizure activity (paddling of the limbs, loss of sonsciousness, abnormal mentation, twitching of the ears or face)
  • Episodes of collapse
  • Difficulty urinating (straining to urinate, vocalizing when trying to urinate, not producing any urine or urinating small amounts in abnormal areas)
  • Straining to defecate
  • Abdominal distension
  • Pale gums
  • Difficulty during whelping or queening (giving birth, straining without producing any puppy or kitten, black or green discharge noted from vulva)
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction (facial swelling, hives, raspy breathing)

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