Pet ownership is a huge commitment that includes taking care of your pet’s health needs. One of the ways to take care of your pets is by understanding some of the common pet emergencies. This allows you to seek urgent veterinary care before it’s too late. Are you unsure what constitutes a pet emergency? Our veterinarians at Faith Veterinary Clinic of North Brunswick would like to shed some light on common pet emergencies.

Severe Bleeding

Most pet owners resort to at-home first aid care to stop bleeding. However, if the bleeding continues for more than five minutes, it is time to contact our pet clinic. Your pet may need stitches to prevent further bleeding and infections. Furthermore, there could be more significant problems that require surgery behind the fur.

Difficulty Breathing

As with humans, it’s never a good idea to “wait and see” when your animal has breathing problems. Whether the breathing problems are due to choking or another condition, seek immediate veterinary services.

Inability to Go Potty

If your pet has difficulties urinating or defecating, you must seek urgent care from a veterinarian. Since animals cannot speak when they are in pain, the underlying problem can quickly become life-threatening if it isn’t addressed immediately.


Whether it’s humans or pets, seizures require urgent medical attention. Staggering or seizures often indicate a problem with the brain and require emergency veterinary care.

Ingesting Poison

What you think is fit for human consumption can turn out to be poisonous for pets. For instance, chocolate can cause severe problems in pets. The first step of avoiding poisoning in pets is putting any toxic substances away from your pet’s reach. If you suspect that your pet has eaten something poisonous, please contact our animal hospital immediately.

Severe Vomiting or Diarrhea

You may want to wait to see if vomiting and diarrhea will disappear, but this can become disastrous since these conditions often lead to dehydration. When taking your animal to a vet, try to remember what your pet has eaten, including any possible poisons it may have ingested.

Seek Emergency Pet Care

Pet emergencies happen when you least expect them. Thankfully, you don’t have to panic because Faith Veterinary Clinic is here when you need urgent pet care. Call us today at (732) 658-6777 (North Brunswick) to speak with one of our veterinarians or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.

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