Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICES:

What Is An Emergency?

If your pet exhibits any abnormal activity or behaviour, a veterinary consultation is a good idea. The following symptoms are definitely emergencies and require immediate medical attention.

Emergencies can be accommodated at any time; however it is best to contact the clinic (if possible) so that we can prepare for your arrival.

Emergency Symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing, blue tongue or raspy breath sounds
  • Swollen or distended abdomen, with or without productive vomiting
  • Inability to urinate or defecate, especially if straining. (Cats may repeatedly go to the litter box, lick at the genital area, and/or vocalise)
  • Ingestion of toxin, including but not limited to: chocolate, rodenticides (mouse and rat bait), garden pest control products (snail baits), prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs, and household cleaners. PLEASE BRING THE CONTAINER WITH YOU.
  • Trauma such as being hit by a car, a fall from a height or blunt force, even if the animal is NOT showing any ill effects.
  • Collapse/inability to stand or walk
  • Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions or seizure activity
  • Penetrating wound, such as bite wounds (dog or cat), gunshot or stab wounds.
  • Bleeding that does not stop. (Apply pressure with a clean cloth while on your way)
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea with blood
  • Heatstroke: heavy panting, weakness on a warm day
  • Exposure to snakes or ticks
  • Any eye injuries