What should you do if your pet is in an emergency?

What should you do if your pet is in an emergency?

Keeping our simple advice in your mind can help to keep you calm in an emergency so you can get your pet the help they need. It’s best to ring ahead so they can prepare for an emergency case. If you’re away from home, go to the nearest vet in an emergency. Give your pet first aid treatment on the way to the vets.

When to call the vet in an emergency?

Always call your vet in any emergency situation. If your vet’s closed, you can still get out-of-hours help. All vet practices provide an out-of-hours service for emergency cases.

Where can I go for out of hours vet care?

All vet practices provide an out-of-hours service for emergency cases. There may be a recorded message advising you how to access emergency care. You may be directed to another vet surgery, but this will be within an hour’s drive of your usual vet.

What do you need to know about out of hours care for pets?

Make sure you note down the name and phone number of the company that provided your out-of-hours care, in case you have any concerns later on and need to contact them directly. In this time of crisis, our front-line staff are working hard to ensure we’re still there for the UK’s most vulnerable pets.

When to go to the emergency vet for your dog?

If you need to stop bleeding or induce vomiting in your pet and time is of the essence, the emergency vet will walk you through it on the telephone. Some vet offices even have special equipment to help move a large, injured dog from your car to their office without hurting them more.

Is there a 24 hour emergency vet clinic?

Others only staff specialists who treat the most severely injured and ill pets in consultation with their regular veterinarian. This kind of care was once only available at veterinarian teaching hospitals, but now there are 24-hour emergency veterinary clinics in every part of the country.

Is it expensive to take your pet to an emergency vet?

But be grateful that your pet is stable enough that she can wait for the doctor. Emergency veterinary care is not cheap. Due to the specialized services they provide, the fees you’ll pay to have your pet evaluated and treated by an emergency vet are higher than they’d be at your regular veterinarian.

Are there any veterinary hospitals that don’t provide routine vet care?

There are some emergency veterinary hospitals that don’t provide any routine vet care – all their patients are urgent cases. These hospitals are generally open when regular veterinarians are closed for the day, and are often available 24-hours on weekends and holidays. These facilities typically provide triage care.