Is This An Emergency

Recognize when you need to bring your pet to Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities.

Emergency Signs & Symptoms

If your pet is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, contact Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities right away.

Be ready with this information: Owner name/cell phone, Pet's name, Species/Breed, Male/Female, Sprayed/Neutered, Medications or supplements my pet takes, Vaccinations and dates, Pet sitter name/cell phone/email, Emergency contact name/phone

Click on signs & symptoms below to learn more.

Especially in addition to whining, listlessness, inability to get comfortable, vomiting and/or diarrhea

Don't give your pet food or water. This may induce vomiting and make it worse

If you can't quickly get to a veterinarian, flush wounds with saline solution or clean water. Wrap large wounds with bandages or towels. Apply firm pressure to stop bleeding

Never use a tourniquet

Especially if your pet collapses, is suddenly weak or the gums are white, bluish or gray

Immediately flush the area with cool water for 5 minutes. Apply a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a thin cloth to the burned area for 10 to 15 minutes.

Never apply an ice pack directly to the skin

Signs of frostbite include:

Immediately move the pet to a warm place. Try to raise your pet's body temperature by wrapping him in a blanket or using hot water bottles covered with towels. Do not use electric heat or rub your pet with blankets, which can damage cold tissue.

Diarrhea may - or may not - be a sign of serious illness. Here's when you should contact a vet:

Signs of in fection or irritation include:

If you know the irritation is caused by a chemical or by fine debris or dirt, immediately flush the eye(s) with sterile saline solution or clean water for 5 to 10 minutes

Consistent head tilts and circling can be signs of very serious disease, including brain infections or inflammation.

If you know the irritation is caused by a chemical or by fine debris or dirt, immediately flush the eye(s) with sterile saline solution or clean water for 5 to 10 minutes

Signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke include:

Move your pet to a cool area as soon as possible. Hose him down and/or cover him with wet towels.

We suggest these steps in preparation for a trip to the veterinarian:

Signs include:

If you know what your pet has eaten, have the container with you when you contact the doctor. If you can't find the container but your pet has vomited, binrg the vomit in a bag.

You can also call the PPH (Pet poison Helpline) at 855-764-7661. Make a note of the case number provided so you can tell your veterinarian.

Signs include:

Don't restrain your pet during an episode. Move to a soft surface and protect your pet from objects or obstacles that may cause injury.

Sometimes vomiting is serious. Sometimes it's not. Seek veterinary care immediately if:


  • Alcahol
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot
  • Avocado
  • Bones
  • Cherry seeds and leaves
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Milk
  • Onions and shallots
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes, red or green, stems, leaves
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee and caffeine
  • Peach pits and leaves
  • Potatoes, only raw and green growth
  • Xylitol, a chemical sweetener used in many products
  • Yeast dough


  • Aloe vera
  • Azalea
  • Christmas rose
  • Crocus bulbs
  • Elephant ears
  • English ivy
  • Geranium
  • Holly leaves and berries
  • Lilies, Easter and other oriental varieties
  • Mistletoe berries
  • Mushrooms, many varieties
  • Oak leaves and acorns
  • Pansy seeds
  • Poinsettia
  • Sago palm
  • Tulip bulbs


  • Antidepressants
  • Acetaminophen
  • Antifreeze
  • Ibuprofen
  • Mouse and rat poison