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Category: emergencies

Emergency veterinary attention can be required after traumatic accidents or in some serious medical conditions. If you are in any doubt as to whether your pet needs to be seen as an emergency you can call your vet for advice. Signs that may indicate that urgent attention is required include: difficulty breathing, constant gagging/ retching with nothing brought up, or persistent productive vomiting. Sudden onset of seizures (fits) or persistent seizures without recovery between are also cause for urgent veterinary attention.

Immediate veterinary attention can mean the difference between life and death for an injured animal after all but the most minor of accidents. Your pet will receive necessary treatment much faster if you are able to transport it directly to your vet’s clinic (where all the necessary equipment is on hand) than calling the vet out to your house or to attend the scene of the accident. The most important thing to remember in an emergency is not to panic! – this could cause further anxiety for an already frightened animal and it wastes valuable time. If you are concerned about your pet in any way contact your veterinary surgeon for further advice.

Poisoning

Poisoning can occur if a poisonous substance is swallowed (solids or liquids), breathed in (gases) or absorbed through the skin (normally liquids). Poisons are substances that damage the cells in the body. In order to cause harm they must enter

Heat Stroke

We have all heard that 'dogs can die in hot cars' - the frightening thing is how quickly this can happen. A healthy dog can suffer fatal damage from heat stroke in only a few minutes in a car. The

Fitting In Dogs – An Emergency?

If you have witnessed an animal or person having a seizure (convulsion or fit), you will know how frightening it can appear. An animal suffering a generalised seizure (also known as grand mal seizure) will be unconscious. They may show violent, rhythmic

Fever – Is It Serious?

Often when you put a hand on your dog it feels warm, particularly on a patch of bare skin. This is because the normal body temperature of a dog is higher than that in people. Body temperature is maintained within

Emergencies – What To Do

Immediate veterinary attention can mean the difference between life and death for an injured dog following all but the most minor of accidents. Getting your dog to your vet (where all the necessary equipment is on hand) is quicker and

Poisoning

Poisoning can occur if a poisonous substance is swallowed (solids or liquids), breathed in (gases) or absorbed through the skin (normally liquids). Poisons are substances that damage the cells in the body. In order to cause harm they must enter

Fitting in cats – an emergency?

If you have witnessed an animal or person having a seizure (convulsion or fit), you will know how frightening it can appear. An animal suffering a generalised seizure (also known as grand mal seizure) will be unconscious. They may show

Fever – is it serious?

Often when you put a hand on your cat it feels warm, particularly on a patch of bare skin. This is because the normal body temperature of a cat is higher than that in people. Body temperature is maintained within

Emergencies – what to do

Immediate veterinary attention can mean the difference between life and death for an injured cat following all but the most minor of accidents. Getting your cat to your vet (where all the necessary equipment is on hand) is quicker and

Bloat (gastric dilation)

Gastric dilation, or 'bloat' as it is often known, is a very serious condition mainly affecting large breed dogs with a deep chest. Dogs with bloat are restless and unable to settle, they may drool saliva and vomit frothy foam.