Priority Level 1 – Critical and requires immediate and lifesaving medical care.
Priority Level 2 – Non-critical but requires treatment within a couple of hours; wait times will apply.
Priority Level 3 – Stable; extended wait times will apply.
Below are examples of how we might triage and prioritize a number of common emergency/urgent care needs. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.
Examples of Priority Level 1 Cases:
- Difficulty breathing
- Major bleeding
- Heat stroke
- Severe allergic reactions
- Foreign object or toxin ingestion
- Collapse or paralysis
- Severe traumatic injury
Examples of Priority Level 2 Cases:
- New significant swelling
- Eye conditions
- Lameness (exception: obvious fracture – level 1 condition)
- Acute deterioration of a patient with a known chronic disease
- Bleeding from an unexpected site
- Minor allergic reaction
- Decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or a combination thereof
- Abdominal pain
Examples of Priority Level 3 Cases:
- Stable chronic disease (no change in condition)
- Skin issues
- Lameness/limping (mild)
- Ear infections
- Sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge
- Broken or torn toenails
- GI parasites
- Fleas and/or ticks