when to call the vet: recognizing a real emergency

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The first rule of being a pet parent is that it’s never wrong to call or bring your pet in to see the vet if you feel something is wrong. Remember, you’re the one who knows your pet best; if you feel something is awry, it’s up to you to do something about it. However, here are some situations which Dr. Ken Drobatz, Director of Emergency Service at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, considers genuine emergencies and which should not wait until the morning: “difficulty breathing, altered mental state, weakness, extreme lethargy, protracted vomiting or diarrhea (more than 24 hours), toxin ingestion, inability to walk, rapidly distending abdomen, inability to pass urine despite straining, severe trauma, excessive bleeding/bruising, passing out or seizures.” Any of these signs could indicate an emergency condition and you should seek immediate veterinary attention.