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Q. There are no 24-hour emergency veterinary clinics in my area. My veterinary hospital says it’s OK to call at night if it’s an emergency, but how do I know if it's really an emergency?
A. If you're not a veterinarian yourself, it can sometimes be hard to tell a mild health problem from an emergency. But there are a few guidelines I can offer. You need to call your veterinarian if your pet has any of the following symptoms:
When in doubt, err on the side of caution, always. Better to be dead wrong about a minor medical problem than to have a pet who's dead because you guessed wrong about a major one. If you're not sure what to do, call. Your veterinarian may need to see you immediately — and it's better to let him make that decision.
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