Most owners know when to bring their furry family members to Blum for a true medical emergency – active bleeding, difficulty breathing, allergic reaction, or ingestion of something toxic. Although there are certain times where owners may be unsure of what constitutes an emergency or whether or not they should call us to check.
In primarily male cats, urinary blockages can occur which could turn into a potentially life-threatening emergency. What makes this so dangerous for male cats in particular is that their urethras are narrow, and any debris such as bladder stones or crystals can make it impossible for them to urinate. If your cat begins to strain to urinate, goes in/out of the litter box frequently, only producing small amounts of urine or none at all, or howling when trying to urinate, you need to call Blum immediately.
Sometimes when your pet has diarrhea, there may be some blood in their stool. This can be normal due to stress colitis or intestinal parasites, but there are instances when it is an emergency. If your pet has dark or tarry stool, “raspberry jam-like” stool or pure blood coming out, we should see them for an appointment as soon as possible.
If your pet just came in for an exam and received vaccinations, and their muzzle starts to swell, they begin to vomit or have diarrhea, and/or develop hives, these are all signs they are having a vaccine reaction. With each pet it varies how long it takes for the reaction to occur, but it can happen anywhere from minutes after receiving the vaccines to several hours later. With any vaccine reaction, we recommend you bring your pet back in to receive treatments in order to stop it from becoming worse. Once it is documented that your pet had a vaccine reaction, your veterinarian will know how to avoid this from happening in the future.
No matter what is going on with your furry family member, if you are concerned about their health at any time, please contact us at: (773) 327-4446, and we can help you assess whether or not they need to come in for an appointment!
Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.