The MOST important thing…DON’T PANIC!
Remember first and foremost, we’re only a telephone call away.
(We recommend you store this number where you can find it quickly!)
In the event of….
- Road traffic accidents: Your pet will almost certainly suffer from shock, if not pain. BE CAREFUL, even the most loving of pets are prone to bite at anyone that goes near them! If your pet cannot stand or is obviously otherwise injured, carefully lift them onto a blanket or a large basket. PHONE AHEAD to the vets, advising them that you are on your way, and describe what has happened
- Breathing Difficulties: If at all possible – and safe to do so – check your pets mouth for any obvious obstruction. Do NOT reach into the mouth with a bare hand! An animal with difficulty in breathing should otherwise be seen by a vet as quickly as possible
- Collapsed: Don’t waste any more time than is possible, in bringing your pet to us straight away
- Fits or Fitting: Telephone us immediately, for advice. If your pet has fitted for more than five minutes, it may help to cover its head loosely with a blanket to reduce stimulation
- Bleeding: Try to stem the bleeding with a towel or a blanket – but DO NOT try to remove any foreign bodies protruding from the wound. Contact us as soon as you can for further advice. If the bleeding appears to be from an internal injury or wound, bring your pet to the surgery as quickly as possible – remembering to telephone-ahead, so that we can prepare to receive it
- Suspected Poisoning: Bring your pet to the surgery as soon as possible and, if you can, bring the label or name of the suspected poison, so that we can quickly research the best treatment or antidote
- Insect Stings: These are not usually a problem unless there are multiple stings or your pet has been stung around the mouth, nose or in the throat, which may cause your pet some breathing difficulties. Should this occur, your pet will need urgent treatment
- Electrocution: Be cautious and aware of your own safety when dealing with an electrocuted pet. Isolate the electricity supply at source, first. If this isn’t possible, you may attempt to pull or push your pet away from the electrical source using a non-metallic item like a wooden sweeping brush or stick. Then phone for advice and bring your pet in straight away
- Burns/Scalds: Reduce heat in the affected area by applying copious amounts of cold water. DO NOT COVER the injury. Bring your pet to the surgery as soon as possible
- Urination Problems: This can be particularly serious with tom cats. There may be a stone or blockage in the urinary tract which can be very dangerous and needs urgent treatment
- Flystrike: This is a serious condition in rabbits, requiring urgent treatment. You should bring your pet to the surgery straight away
- Choking: Do not put your hands into the animal’s mouth. Tap over the ribs with cupped hands to avoid causing injury and lift up the hind legs to help remove the obstruction. Bring your pet to the surgery straight away
- Pregnancy – Giving Birth: Every pregnancy and birth is different. If you are at all unsure of how mum is progressing then telephone the surgery for expert advice.
DON’T take chances where your own safety may be compromised!
Even the most docile of pets may attack if they are in severe pain or shock.
Should you require further information regarding pet emergencies, please do not hesitate to telephone us on 01633 255394