Triage Exam Process: Our Guidelines for Patient Priority

We will prioritize patients based on the severity of their condition. Please note that there may be delays for Priority 2 and Priority 3 patients. 

During the triage process, we will assess your pet’s vital signs and determine their appropriate triage status. Please advise the triage nurse if the condition of your pet changes.


May survive if life-saving measures are applied.

  • Severe Trauma
  • Poisoning
  • Collapse
  • Bloat (GDV)
  • Inability to urinate
  • Heat stroke
  • Actively Seizing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive bleeding


Likely to survive if care is given within hours.

  • Bite wound or laceration
  • Fractures
  • Allergic reactions
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Birthing difficulties
  • Eye injuries


Wait will potentially be longest due to low-no risk.

  • Skin conditions
  • Lameness
  • Sore eyes or ears
  • Abscess
  • Minor wounds
  • Chronic diseases
  • Bandage change
  • Suture removal
  • Visitation of hospital patient