As much as we don’t want to think about it, medical emergencies can happen to our pets. As a pet owner, it can sometimes be hard to tell when there is a sign of a medical attention. Here are some warning signs that your pet is experiencing a true veterinary emergency.

“Bloat” Signs

If your pet’s stomach seems to fill with air and bloat, this is a serious sign of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV). This usually happens in large breed dogs. The stomach can fill up with gas and air that can’t escape. GDV is a combination of bloating and the stomach twisting on itself, and it can result in death. If you notice this, call 24-hour animal hospitals right away.

Discolored gums

You pets gums should be pink. If they appear to be pale, white, grey, or blue, it can be a negative sign. Gum color can show shock, an internal hemorrhage, cyanosis, or other life-threatening issues. If you press down on your pet’s gums, release, and they appear any of the colors mentioned above, you should take them to the veterinarian right away for fast treatment.


Blood is obviously not good, but some blood is worse than others. If your pet is heavily bleeding from an open wound, or if you notice there is blood in their vomit or stool, they need medical attention.

Toxin ingestion

If you know or even suspect that your pet ingested something toxic, you need to take immediate action. Things like antifreeze, snail/rat bait, chocolate, alcohol, and drugs all have a high likelihood of being dangerous to your animal’s health. If this happens, it is advised that you call the Animal Poison Control to figure out what you need to do.

Intense vomiting or diarrhea

If your pet seems unusually sick, something is probably wrong. This means that they are getting sick several times over the course of one hour, or the sickness is lasting more than four hours. It is also a sign of concern if there are blood or black tar-like qualities to the vomit or stool.

Unfortunately, every pet as a potential of experiencing a veterinary emergency. Signs of bloating, discolored gums, blood, toxin ingestion, and intense diarrhea are all warning signs that it’s time to seek out 24-hour animal hospitals. They are always open to give you the veterinary care in case of an emergency, no matter what time it is.

You don’t need to wait for an emergency to become familiar with our veterinary services. Get the best care you can find for all of your pet’s health needs. We are more than just an animal hospital. Call 520-888-3177 for more information about our specialty services on site, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.