It can be difficult to know if your pet requires an emergency veterinary appointment. If your pet is showing signs of illness, however, we recommend that you bring it to Normandale Veterinary Hospital. We provide expert pet care that restores your pet back to normal health and gives it a full life. Schedule a screening today if you notice any of the following symptoms in your dog or cat.


Symptoms That Could Indicate an Emergency Medical Condition


Excessive Vomiting or Diarrhea. Although occasional sickness and diarrhea may not be serious, you should be concerned if the vomiting and diarrhea persist. Your pet could be suffering from food or chemical poisoning. We may also discover more serious digestive problems.


Breathing Difficulties. Panting after physical activity is normal. If excessive panting continues for no apparent reason, however, you should monitor your pet closely. Shallow breaths and abnormal panting are often indicative of heart failure, Cushing’s syndrome, or a respiratory disorder.


Seizures or Dizziness. Problems with the heart, lungs, and neurological system can lead to seizures and dizziness. If your pet is bumping into objects, staggering, or weaker than usual on the legs, call our physicians immediately.


Subtle Symptoms of Pet Sickness

Sometimes symptoms of a potential emergency situation for your pet require closer inspection. When the symptoms are not as obvious, it is important you monitor your pets’ behaviour to see if problems persist or worsen. Even the slightest signs of illness can tell that you something is wrong if they continue. Some examples include:


Skin and Fur Condition. Lumps of matted fur generally indicate your pet is not maintaining a high level of hygiene. Older pets suffer from stiff joints and excessively matted fur. We can give you recommendations on how to take care of your pets skin and fur as they get older.


Bumps and Rashes. Bumps and rashes are common in animals that spend time outside. If coupled with pained whining, limping, or bleeding, we’ll need to inspect the bumps and rashes even closer.


Increased Water Intake. Excessive drinking can be an early indicator of diabetes, kidney disease, or liver disease in your pet.


Schedule An Emergency Appointment With Normandale Veterinary Hospital

The slightest change in your pet’s health can give you cause for concern. Our expert staff are able to quickly identify problem with your dog or cat and find a cure. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health, take action right away. Call us immediately at (952) 831-8272, or you can message us on our contact page for general care questions.