1) Ataxia: Your pet suddenly starts walking “as though it’s had too many drinks”. It can’t stay standing or falls over when trying to take a step. Overdose of toxic substances or rodenticide poisoning should be looked into.
2) Straining to eliminate: Your cat spends a lot of time and effort in the litter box or vocalizes during usage. Constipation (not necessarily on emergency) and urinary obstruction (frequently an emergency in male cats) needs to be differentiated by a veterinarian immediately.
3) Persistent vomiting: Your pet vomits several times in an hour, has blood in vomitus, and is lethargic or refusing to eat. Ingestion of foreign objects should be considered.
4) Obvious hemorrhage: Bleeding from any area of the body may indicate serious problems. If blood pulses from a wound, an artery may be affected. If 5 minutes of constant pressure doesn’t stop the bleeding, wrap the injured area and get your pet to a veterinarian immediately.
5) Change in gum color: A cat or dogs gum color is normally pink. If it changes to blue, white, yellow or bright red there is a health emergency. Anemia, shock, respiratory distress, and severe infection may be underlying factors. Get to your vet ASAP.
6) Obvious lameness: Sudden onset of pain, inability to use a limb or a bone fracture requires medical attention.
7) Breathing difficulty: Your pet is taking short, shallow breaths, having difficulty breathing or has stopped breathing. Call your veterinarian now.
8) Seizures: Your pet experiences spasms, twitching, convulsions or disorientation.
9) Eye injuries: Your pets eyes won’t open, has drainage, is red, swollen or has a visible injury. Vision is a primary concern.
10) Abdominal problems: you see your pet pawing at its abdomen, lying in a “praying” position or crying out with its legs underneath it. It is experiencing pain and needs to be evaluated. Persistent diarrhea is a medical concern.
You, as owners, know your pets best. If you notice any unusual symptoms, even if it’s not listed, consult your veterinarian.