It can be quite distressing to see your cat suffering, especially since you aren’t sure as to why and whether the situation should be considered an emergency. You wonder if you need pet emergency services from your Valley Center Veterinary Clinic. When in doubt, it is best you treat the situation like an emergency and contact your veterinarian right away. But for reference, here are a few common emergencies involving cats that you might encounter.

Choking and Coughing– Choking can be a serious problem, even if the episode lasts only a moment or two. Any difficulty breathing should be considered an emergency that requires the immediate attention of a veterinarian. Coughing is often a vague symptom of several possibilities including bacteria, allergic reactions, asthma and heart disease. If you cat’s breathing is compromised, immediate attention is needed.

Diarrhea and Vomiting– There are many causes of diarrhea and vomiting including toxins, infectious disease and a sudden change in diet. In many cases, vomiting and diarrhea may be rather mild and self-limiting. However, if these symptoms are persistent, they can become quite problematic. Continued vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration. And depending on the underlying cause of these symptoms, your cat can drastically worsen in a matter of hours.

Trauma– There are any number of ways your cat can suffer trauma including a fall, struck by a vehicle or a fight with another cat. Even if there seem to be no obvious injuries, there could be internal damage of which you are unaware. To be safe, take your cat to the vet if it has suffered trauma.

It is often difficult to determine just what constitutes an emergency situation. If you have any doubt about the health of your cat, call a vet right away.