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What is considered an emergency?

What is considered an emergency?

As a loving pet owner, it’s natural to be concerned about your pet if they’re unwell, and to want prompt diagnosis and treatment. But what is actually considered a medical or surgical emergency for pets?

Common symptoms that suggest a condition requiring urgent treatment can include:

Inability to pass urine
Difficulty breathing
Seizures
White or very pale gums
Noticeable sudden belly bloating with discomfort
Sudden wobbliness or weakness
Steady bleeding from a wound
Profuse vomiting or diarrhoea, especially if it contains blood
Significant mental dullness
Fainting

If you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a snake or eaten something they shouldn’t have (e.g. a non-food item that could get stuck, or a toxin such as rat bait or human medication), you should call us first and then bring them in for immediate assessment, as these issues are best treated early.

Any condition or injury that causes your pet severe pain for more than a few minutes also warrants an urgent vet visit. This can include traumatic injuries, such as if your pet has had a fall from a reasonable height, been hit by a vehicle or attacked by another animal.

If a very young animal becomes unwell, or if your pet which has an ongoing serious health condition becomes unwell, these are best assessed quickly, as these pets often have less capacity to fight illness and can deteriorate quickly.

The bottom line? If you’re worried about your pet, give us a call! Our preference is always to ensure your pet is okay and to set your mind at ease. Additionally, many conditions can be treated quickly and easily if caught early.

Lastly, a reminder that if you are ever bringing your pet in for emergency treatment, try to phone us ahead – as this allows us to prepare for your arrival, so we can provide assistance more rapidly and support you and your pet.

When in doubt, get in touch with our friendly staff! Our veterinary team is available during office hours on 9841 5422 or after hours on 0428 936 020.

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