July 20, 2017

Phone: 770-455-1011

Signs of Emergency

WellPet Humane is not set up for Emergency admissions or very critical care.  We often fill up for appointments several days to weeks in advance.  If your pet is experiencing an emergency we can refer you to an emergency clinic or another practice that is more able to handle very critical patients.

If you suspect any change in your pets health it is usually best to bring your pet in for an office visit. Early detection may save a life, shorten recovery time and reduce costs. Because our pets can’t talk to us, it can be difficult to determine if some situations are truly emergencies. Trust your instincts and “if in doubt, check it out” with a WellPet office visit. The following is a list of common signs that may require urgent care:

  • Bites (insect, snake, other animal, etc.)sickdog4
  • Burns
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Crying out
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent coughing
  • Eye injury or squinting
  • Excessive head shaking and scratching
  • Trauma, such as being hit by a car
  • Straining to urinate or defecate
  • Sudden limping
  • Sudden loss of appetite
  • Suspected heatstroke
  • Swollen or painful abdomen (especially in large breed dogs)
  • Lacerations
  • Seizures, fainting, or collapse
  • Unusual behavior, such as aggressiveness or lethargy
  • Unexplained trembling
  • Difficulty delivering puppies or kittens
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Ingestion of a foreign object
  • Weakness in limbs/Inability to walk

Here are questions to ask:


Activity Level

  • is inactive and/or depressed
  • walks with stiffness, pain, or difficulty
  • limps


  • breathes with difficulty or has a cough

Ear, Nose & Throat

  • has discharge from the nose or eyes
  • has odor from the ears or excessive ear wax
  • has teeth with plaque or discoloration, reddened gums, or bad breath

Eating, Drinking & Elimination

  • has soft, bloody, or watery bowel movements
  • drinks more than normal amounts of water
  • urinates greater volumes or urinates more times per day than usual
  • eats less than normal
  • has been gaining excessive weight
  • has been losing excessive weight

Skin & Coat

  • has lumps (anywhere)
  • has fleas, ticks, or mites
  • has a dull or scaly coat
  • has sores on skin or oily skin
  • scratches excessively