Our pets are a part of our family and, just like people, they can sometimes suffer from conditions that require immediate emergency intervention. Often, it is hard to understand what our pets need or how they are feeling when they are not at their best. However, it is our responsibility to notice when something is off and get our animals the help they need.

The team of Veterinarians at Cumberland Animal Hospital will explain just what warrants a visit to the emergency vet, and what to do when a pet emergency occurs.


When your pet shows a change in its eating behavior, it can be an indication of an underlying problem. If they suddenly lose interest in food for more than a day or two, or if they start eating less than normal, this can indicate a possible health issue. If your pet begins to become much hungrier than usual or to eat dirt or other strange objects, these are also signs of health problems. If you have any concerns, be sure to call the veterinary team at Cumberland Animal Hospital.


For dogs and cats, there are many diseases that can cause increased thirst or urination. It is extremely important to notice how often your pet is drinking. If you notice your pet is constantly drinking, do not hesitate to reach out to our office.


If you notice any of the following signs, they are indications that a problem may exist and cause for concern:

  • Your pet is urinating more frequently
  • Urinating in different places
  • Straining to urinate
  • Producing more urine than usual
  • Urine has a foul smell or a discolored appearance

Additionally, if your cat is taking frequent trips to the litterbox, crying when they urinate or licking their rear end frequently, it can indicate a serious medical condition or emergency.

If your pet is experiencing any of these changes or symptoms, give our office a call.


The stool is a good indicator of a cat and dog’s overall health. A good, healthy stool is one that is moist and firm, while a hard, dry stool is an indication of dehydration or other health issues. It is also important to keep a look out for diarrhea or worms, mucus or blood in the stool. If your pet experiences any changes that are concerning, do not hesitate to ask the veterinary team at Cumberland Animal Hospital.


Our animals can experience pain from aging or exercising too hard. However, it is never recommended to give any over-the-counter medication without speaking to your veterinarian. If you notice your pet is having a hard time moving around, appears sore, or is limping – these can be signs of a serious health issue, such as arthritis or other injury.


All eye issues are considered to be serious. If you notice any changes in color, discharge, difficulty opening, redness or green/yellow discharge, it is important to have your pet checked out.


The Cumberland Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina understands how important it is to keep our pets safe year-round. If you have questions or concerns about your pet travel plans, call us at 910-822-3337. Cumberland Animal Hospital’s veterinarians in Fayetteville, NC are always available to assist you. Call us to schedule an appointment or ask any questions.

All pets show signs of pain or illness in different ways. It is important to pay attention to your pet’s behavior to stay attuned to their well-being. If you notice any of the above signs or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the veterinary team at Cumberland Animal Hospital or schedule an appointment with us.