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                     Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

3604 Dallas High Shoals Hwy
Dallas, NC 28034
Is It Urgent?

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Primary Symptom                                                                   Your Pet should be seen in....

Abscess                                                                                                                 24-48 hrs

Antifreeze Exposure/Ingestion                                                                           Immediately          

Behavior Change, gradual/ acute onset                                                         in 1 week/ 24-48 hr  

Birthing, 3+ hrs between puppies                                                                      Immediately

Birthing, Kittens, 2+ hrs between kittens                                                       Observe, as  some queens birth kittens 24 hrs after onset of labor

Birthing, bleeding up to  12 hrs after                                                                  Immediately

Birthing, Straining for 3+ hrs, no pup/kit produced                                            Immediately

Bleeding, non-stop                                                                                                Immediately

Bleeding, in feces where patient is otherwise normal                                        24-48hrs   

Blindness, acute/progressive                                                                              Immediately

Blood in Urine                                                                                                       Immediately

Breathing rapidly, >40 BPM at rest                                                                     Immediately

Broken Limbs                                                                                                        Immediately

Burn, Chemical or Thermal                                                                                Immediately

Chewing Gum/Mint Ingestion                                                                           Immediately

Constipation, > 2 days, otherwise normal                                                           24 hrs

Coughing Fits                                                                                                       Immediately

Coughing Intermittently                                                                                      3-5 days

Coughing Regularly                                                                                             24hrs

Crying while Urinating                                                                                         Immediately

Defecation, inappropriately                                                                                3-5 days

Depression/Lethargy                                                                                           Immediately

Diarrhea with Vomitting                                                                                      Immediately

Diarrhea 2+ days                                                                                                  Immediately

Diarrhea, bloody or jelly-like                                                                                Immediately

Discharge from Ears w/Odor                                                                              24hrs

Discharge from Ears w/no Odor                                                                         2-4 days

Distress                                                                                                                    Immediately

Dizziness w/Head tilt, or walking in circles                                                         24 hrs

Dizziness w/ Lethargy and depression                                                               Immediately

Drowning,  (near drowning)                                                                                Immediately

Eating, constantly with Urinating Excessively                                                     24-48 hrs

Eating, constantly, but  losing weight                                                                   5 days

Exposure to Tylenol (Acetominophen), Ibuprofen, Ketoprofen                       Immediately

Exposure to Lawn chemicals, detergents, insecticides                                    Immediately

Eye problems (red, squinting, pawing at eye, bulging, discharge)                Immediately

Fainting (Syncope)                                                                                               Immediately

Fleas, Large numbers                                                                                           24hrs

Frequent attempts to Urinate, none produced                                                 Immediately

Frequent attempts to Urinate, normal or scant amt                                          24 hrs

Gums, pale- same color as teeth                                                                         Immediately

Halitosis (Bad Breath)                                                                                             5-7 days

Head Tilt,  acute/ gradual                                                                                      Immediately/5 days

Heat Exhaustion                                                                                                      Immediately

Hiding, sudden onset, not eating, personality change, ticks                             24 hrs

Hypothermia (extreme cold exposure)                                                                Immediately

Ingestion, Antifreeze, Rodenticide, other known poisons                                   Immediately

Ingestion, Lily, Poinsettia, Diffenbachia, other poisonous plants                       Immediately

Ingestion, String or toy                                                                                            Immediately

Intolerance during exercise, sudden                                                                    24hrs

Jaundice (Icterus)                                                                                                  Immediately

Kittens, < 4 weeks old, any illness                                                                          Immediately

Lameness, otherwise normal                                                                                24-48hrs

Laryngitis                                                                                                                  24hrs

Lethargy,sudden onset                                                                                          Immediately

Limping, won't put weight on affected limb                                                       24hrs

Lumps/Bumps, otherwise normal                                                                         5-7 days

Not Eating, sudden onset, cat, behavioral change, ticks                                  Immediately

Not Eating, patient is obese                                                                                   24hrs

Not Eating, yellow gums                                                                                         Immediately

Not Eating, for 2-3 days                                                                                            Immediately

Not Eating, for 24 hr but drinking                                                                            24hrs

Not Urinating for 12-18hrs, lethargy, not eating/drinking                                      Immediately

Not Urinating for 24hrs, otherwise eating/normal                                                 24hrs

Open Mouth Breathing at rest, as in distress (not panting)                                 Immediately

Pain, sudden onset, cat, lethargy, hiding, personality changes, ticks                 Immediately

Pain, chronic, otherwise normal                                                                               5 days

Pain, intermittent, otherwise normal                                                                        24hrs

Pain, severe                                                                                                                Immediately

Pawing at face/ears constantly, cannot get comfortable                                  Immediately

Purplish/Bluish tinge to tongue (not breed-related)                                               Immediately

Scooting (wiping rear end on floor), otherwise normal                                         3 days

Scratching at Ears, otherwise normal                                                                       2-4 days

Seizures                                                                                                                         Immediately

Shaking Head, otherwise normal                                                                              3 days

Sneezing constanty, not eating well                                                                         24 hrs

Sneezing constantly, other symptoms                                                                       Immediatlely

Sneezing, intermittently, otherwise normal                                                                3 days

Straining to Urinate w/o producing normal amt of urine                                        Immediately

Tapeworms, othewise normal                                                                                     2-3 days

Ticks, painful, lethargic, hiding, not eating, personalilty change                            Immediately

Toxin Ingestion/Exposure (Rat poison, Slug Bait, OTC/Rx Meds, etc)                       Immediately

Trauma, (hit by car, fight, a fall, with or w/o bleeding, or broken limbs                  Immediately

Urinating, frequently w/o normal amt of urine produced                                        Immediately

Urinating, inappropriately, inside house, outside of litter box, otherwise normal    24hrs

Urine, bloody                                                                                                                   Immediately

Voice Changes, can't meow or bark, otherwise normal                                           24 hrs

Voice Changes, can't meow or bark, other symptoms                                              Immediately

Vomitting, 3+ episodes in 12hrs , other than a hairball                                               Immediately

Vomitting, more than 2x per month, otherwise normal                                              3-5 days

Vomitting, pink fluid, not acting normal                                                                       Immediately

Vomitting, pink fluid, otherwise normal                                                                        24 hrs

Walking in Circles, +/- Head tilt, dizziness                                                                      24 hrs

Weak or Wobbly                                                                                                              Immediately

Weight Gain, for no reason, otherwise normal                                                            3-5 days

Weight Loss, for no reason, otherwise normal                                                              3-5 days

Wound, swelling, feels hot, oozing pus or other liquid                                                 24hrs

Wound, fresh, open                                                                                                         Immediately

Yellow, ears, gums, whites of eyes                                                                                 Immediately



Tylenol (Acetominophen), Orudis (Ketoprofen), Ibuprofen, Aleve (Naproxen), Celebrex(Celecoxib), Cannibis (Pot), Headache Powder, Human Prescriptions, Aspirin (unless directed by your Vet), Ethanol (Drinking alcohol, Beer), Methanol (Rubbing Alcohol), Controlled substances (Unless directed by your Vet).


Toxic Foods and Plants:

Grapes, Raisins, Garlic, Onions, Walnuts, Almonds, Macadamia nuts, Chocolate, Caffeinated products, Tobacco, Chewing gum/Candies, Dried Fruits, Bread dough, Fried foods, Gravies, Fat Trimmings, Tomato products, Bones, Fast Food,

Lillies, Poinsettias, Dumbcane, Holly, Poison Oak/Ivy/Summac, Devil's Ivy, Oleander, Philodendron, Mistletoe. ( not an all inclusive list)



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Dallas Veterinary is a certified Veterinary specializing in Is It Urgent?, pet hospital, vet clinic, emergency vet and much more in Dallas, NC. We also do Physical Exam, Flea and Tick Prevention, Microchips, Emergency and Specialist Care, Radiology, In-House Veterinary Laboratory, Dental Cleaning, Surgical Procedures, Vaccinations - Dogs, Vaccinations - Cats, Pulse Oximetery Monitor, Senior Pet Wellness, Behavior Counseling, Prescription Diets and all work related in the 28034 area and surrounding areas in Dallas