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            What to do in an Emergency?
 
If in doubt – please call Vet 2 Home during business hours or afterhours please contact your closest emergency veterinary clinic (you can find links to these clinics on the "useful links" tab.

Your closest emergency clinic provides a 24 hour, 7 day a week comprehensive emergency and critical care service. This ensures that, when Vet 2 Home is unavailable, you and your pets still have access to veterinary care and advice in the event of an emergency.


Knowing what to do within the first few minutes of a pet emergency can be critical in saving your pet’s life. Please if you have a pet, make sure you read through this potentially lifesaving advice – and that your family does too.

 

Not breathing

  • Check the mouth for any obstructions (toys, food, etc) and make sure the airway is clear
  • Hold the mouth closed and keep the neck extended
  • Place your mouth around the nostrils using your palms to form an airtight barrier, and breathe until the chest wall rises
  • Give one breath every 5 seconds
 

Unconscious

  • Monitor breathing
  • Keep the neck extended to keep the airway open during
 

Bleeding

  • Apply a clean cloth or dressing and apply firm pressure during transport
 

Seizure (fitting)

  • Ensure your pet is unable to harm themselves (eg on any sharp objects around them)
  • DO NOT place fingers near the mouth
  • Keep them lying on their side (if possible) with neck extended
  • Beware when they are recovering not to over stimulate with noise and be careful they do not bite
  • Remember - sometimes pets are not ‘themselves’ when waking from a seizure
  • When the seizures stop, call Vet 2 Home or if we are unavailable, then transport them to your closest Emergency Centre
  • If the seizures last longer than 3-5 minutes or repeated episodes are noted, transport them to the Emergency Centre immediately
 

Snake bite

  • Take your pet directly to your nearest Emergency Centre
  • If your pet stops breathing
    • Hold the mouth closed and keep the neck extended
    • Place your mouth around the nostrils using your palms to form an airtight barrier, and breathe until the chest wall rises
    • Give one breath every 5 seconds

If your pet has eaten snail pellets

  • All snail pellets are toxic - there are no "pet friendly" pellets
  • If they start seizuring see the notes above and immediately transport them to your nearest Emergency Centre
  • Keep them lying on their side with their head and neck extended and slightly downwards so they don’t choke on the saliva build up
  • Don’t cover them with blankets, they will get hot quickly from seizuring and you need to keep them cool
 

If your pet has been hit by a car

  • Try not to panic them any further, keep everyone calm
  • Warm them by wrapping in a blanket, keeping the nose and mouth exposed and carefully transport them directly to your nearest Emergency Centre
  • If you think there may be broken bones, keep them as still as possible and place them on a hard moveable surface such as piece of wooden board covered with a blanket
  • Do not give any medications
 

Dog attack

  • Keep them calm and warm in a blanket and keep the nose and mouth exposed
  • Try not to handle them more than necessary as they may be very painful even if not obvious on the outside
  • If your pet is small, place them in a wash basket or box lined with a blanket or towel
  • If your pet is large, then place them on a large blanket for easily lifting
 
 
If in doubt – please call Vet 2 Home during business hours or afterhours please contact your closest emergency veterinary clinic (you can find links to these clinics on the "useful links" tab.
 

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