When to schedule an appointment for an ill pet

  • Not eating for 24 hours or more for adult animals, or 6 hours or more for kittens/puppies
  • Vomiting more than 4 times in an hour, or any vomiting extending over 24 hours or more, or if there is any instance of bloody vomitus
  • Diarrhea lasting 24 hours or more or any instance of bloody diarrhea
  • Sneezing more than 10 times in an hour or any sneezing lasting 24 hours or more
  • Coughing more than 10 times in an hour or any coughing lasting 24 hours or more
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargic, not moving, or unresponsive
  • Any lameness that lasts for more than 2 hours
  • Any skin wound that does not stop bleeding in one minute. Any skin wound that is ¼ inch or more
  • Any sign of eye discomfort (squinting, increased tears, pawing at eye(s)) lasting for 15 minutes or more or any known eye(s) injury
  • Excessive scratching, licking or chewing of hair/coat, hair loss, scabs, irritated skin
  • Shaking head or scratching at ears lasting 1 hour or more, or recurrent over 24 hours or more
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Difficult pregnancy
  • Anytime YOU think there is a problem

If during the day, please call Tell Tail Veterinary Urgent Care at 619-282-8035 so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.

If you have an after hours emergency, please call a 24 hour facility, such as:

The Pet Emergency & Specialty Center in La Mesa at 619-462-4800 

Animal ER in Kearny Mesa at 858-569-0600.