Emergency: emer-gen-cy: noun, often attributive: an unforseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. an urgent need for assistance or relief.

Since our pets are not able to tell us when something is an emergency it is up to us as pet owners to observe for any abnormal behaviors. If your pet shows any of the following signs they may require immediate attention:

  • Abdominal bloating or pain
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Behavioral change, sudden aggression, crying, whimpering, hiding
  • Bleeding
  • Blue or pale gums
  • Collapse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Exposure to poisons or toxins
  • Fever
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Not eating or drinking 
  • Pain or distress
  • Persistent cough
  • Persistent and/or bloody diarrhea
  • Puncture or open wound
  • Seizures, convulsions or trembling
  • Straining to urinate or defecate
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Vomiting, unproductive retching or gagging
  • Weight loss 

Normal vital signs for dogs and cats:


 Pulse (beats per minute)

 Respiratory rate (breaths per minute)

 Temperature (Fahrenheit)

 small/medium sized dogs




 large dogs








Standish Veterinary Hospital sees emergencies during our regular business hours. However, if you have an emergency after-hours, we recommend that you contact one of the following emergency facilities

Pet Poison Helpline:

 (800) 213-6680

24-hour Emergency Veterinary Poison Hotline.

$39 per incident fee.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center:

(888) 426-4435

24-hour Emergency Veterinary Poison Hotline.

$65 consult fee.

Veterinary Emergency Hospitals:

Animal Emergency Clinic:

(207) 878-3121

739 Warren Avenue

Portland, ME 04103

Maine Veterinary Medical Center:

(207) 885-1290

1500 Technology Way

Scarborough, ME 04074

Animal Emergency Clinic of Mid-Maine:

(207) 777-1110

37 Strawberry Avenue

Lewiston, ME 04240