Visits to the emergency room can be quite expensive, and a visit can take up a considerable amount of your time; these are important reasons why many pet owners hesitate to take their pets to the vet. But pets cat experience a variety of emergencies, and when pet owners encounter a potential health issue, they are often confused on whether they should take their pet to the ER or wait for their vet to be available. Here are some symptoms that warrant prompt ER attention.
- Respiratory problems such as breathing difficulty, breathing through the mouth, having a respiratory rate of over 45 breaths per minute, or excessive coughing
- Pale gums
- Straining or unable to eliminate
- Extreme lethargy, weakness, depression
- Urinating or defecating blood
- Paralysis or not moving
- Loss of appetite – Not eating for more than 2 days
- Vomiting for more than 3 times
- Trauma as a result of being hit by a car and other causes
- Bite wounds
- Hiding or not coming out even when called or enticed with their favorite food or treat
- Excessive drooling
- Ingestion of any object that is indigestible and that may potentially get stuck or injure the gastrointestinal tract
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