Is it an Emergency? What Should I do?, Centerville, VA Manassas VA, Vienna VA

Sully Animal Hospital

5095 Westfields Blvd
Centreville, VA 20120



Is it an Emergency? What should I do?


During office hours Sully Animal Hospital is able to handle emergency and urgent care situations. Please call us at 703-956-6290. If your pet needs 24/7 care we will refer you to that facility. After hours you will need to call and/or take your pet to one of the local emergency veterinary clinics we have listed.

Any Major, abrupt change in your pet deserves a phone call? the emergency clinic staff can help you determine if your pet should be seen right away. If it happens during our office hours, please call us! 


The following situations should always be considered urgent:

1)      Any Major change in your pet

2)      If your dog is trying to vomit but can not (retching)

3)      Bloated, Enlarged abdomen

4)      Blood in urine, and or straining to urinate. Also frequent attempt to urinate with not much produced.  This is especially life threatening in male cats and dogs as they may be blocked.

5)      Any sudden swelling, especially if the area is tender to the touch

6)      Hives (many small raised bumps all over your pet ? bumps may be red and/or itchy, and from 1/4inch to 1 inch in diameter

7)      Bleeding from an injury (if it is more then a few drops), or your pet is bleeding and you can?t find where the blood is coming from

8)      Male dog bleeding from his penis, even if just a few drops

9)      Unspayed female dog acting ill, with or without vaginal discharge (which can be bloody)

10)   Bruises on the skin or purple spots, from tiny to several inches in diameter

11)   Repeated vomiting, especially if your pet is not drinking well or he drinks and then vomits fluid

12)   Any red blood in vomit, or dark coffee grounds appearance to vomit (this can be semi digested Blood)

13)   Mulitple bouts of watery diarrhea when the pet is not drinking well and/or is doing any vomiting

14)    Pet at something he shouldn?t have ? bones, plastic, cloth, needle and thread, trash, tampons, underwear, etc ( pet shave been known to eat hearing aids, rocks, earrings, necklaces, ribbons, string, clothes, towels, and more)

15)   Your pet may have (or did) eat something poisonous or potentially dangerous. This can include all humane medications, chocolate, mouse bait, cleaning agents and/or insecticides, some plants and many more.  With some poisons (including rat/mouse bait, chocolate, Tylenol, and ibuprofen), time is the most important variable in your pet?s treatment, so don?t wait!!!

16)   Frequent cough with a sudden onset

17)   Seizure or seizure like activity, convulsions (a single one that last more than 5 minutes, or more than three in one hour, or your pet is not returning to normal within 20minutes after a seizure)

18)   Choking, difficulty breathing, severe wheezing (you can clearing hear them breathing)

19)   Your pet was hit by a car or other moving vehicle, even if there does not seem to be any obvious injury!

20)   Your pet was in a fight with another pet or wild animal.  Even if there are no obvious bite wounds or blood, an emergency evaluation is important.  Especially if with a wild animal.  Rabies vaccine and information is ideal in this situation.

21)   Your pet may have (or did) bite into an electrical cord.

22)   Red, swollen, runny eye (especially if your pet is rubbing it)

23)   Straining to pass stools, or (for cats) no stool produced in 48hrs

24)   Red, tneder, swollen, and /or smelly ear. Especially if your pet is shaking his head or scratching the ear.

25)   Your pet is crying, reluctant to move much, and can?t seem to get comfortable

26)   Not putting any weight on one leg, or a mild limp which is suddenly  worse

27)   Pet can't walk properly (stumbling, circling, falling over, weak rear legs, dragging rear legs)

28)   Your pet refuses to eat his regular food for more than 24hrs

29)   Weak, lethargic pet

30) Especially during the summer! Your pet can over heat. Many brachiocephalic cats and dogs over heat (or can have heat stroke) quicker. This can happen even on a walk. If your pet during this time can not walk, is panting, starting to have red spots on skin, face, gums.  Do not put cold ice water on them. Get them to a veterinarian immediately. Offer them water to drink. Place rubbing alcohol on their feet pads. This could be heat stroke which is life threatening.

31)   Any abnormal sign your pet is displaying requires a call just to make sure it is not an emergency!