Ridgemont Animal Hospital

4200 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626



What is an Emergency?

If your pet has any of these symptoms, bring it in IMMEDIATELY!


Inability to Breathe

Inability to Urinate

Severe Pain

Cluster Seizures


Labor with no puppies/kittens delivered

Continuous Vomiting or Diarrhea

Hit By Car

Non-Stop Bleeding


Open Puncture Wounds



Loss of Balance or Consciousness

Any other sign that looks serious!!!!


Gasping for air, Noisy or gurgley respiration, blue tongue

Continually trying to urinate, crying or whining when trying

Continuous pain with no relief and pet continues crying or whining

Multiple severe seizures

Bring the container or commercial name and chemical name

Keeps trying to deliver babies with no results or has stopped trying

Continuous or with the blood

With any severity, signs, wounds

Any part of the body

Of any level of severity

Especially any puncture wounds to the chest or abdomen

Especially any making pet continually cry or total lameness or bleeding

From heat or chemical of any degree

Includes fainting, staggering, tremors, blindness, confusion

If your pet has any of these symptoms, bring it in TODAY!!!


Vomiting or Diarrhea

Severe Itching

Bad Odor

Abnormal Breathing


Swallowed Object




Not continuous, no pain, no blood, pet is perky and attentive

Baldness, Redness, Self-Mutilation

Odor from any part of the body

With or without cough, otherwise eats and drinks and acting ok

Moderate lameness without crying/whining

Even if your unsure of pet ate it

Non-threatening but should be treated to prevent worse damage, i.e. lacerations with minimal or no blood, broken toe nails, etc

First seizure pet has had, lasted briefly and pet recovered quickly

If your pet has any of these symptoms, it is safe to wait overnight!!



Increase in Thirst or Urination



Loss of Appetite

Ear infections


Little or no pain, not continuous

As long as pet is acting fine otherwise with no visual blood in urine or straining or discomfort.

No pain, blood, not continuous

Mild to moderate itching with no bleeding or open sores

Pet didn't eat full meal but otherwise seems fine

As long as no blood or extreme discomfort