WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
Contacting a Melbourne Animal Hospital
If an animal needs an emergency vet, Melbourne pet owners should:
– Keep calm
– Make sure you and your pet is at no further risk of injury
– Call AAE’s 24 hour vet clinic for advice on how to provide first aid treatment
– On the way to the animal emergency centre, cover your pet’s head with a thick blanket to help reduce stress
for him/her and injury to you
– Bring all of your pet’s current medications, and a log of veterinary visits if it has a critical illness
Dealing with common vet emergency situations
– Dilated or uneven pupil size
– Wobbly legs which may progress to paralysis
– Reluctance to move, loss of appetite
– Dark red or brown coloured urine
A wide range of illnesses can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Although treatment is not usually needed at a Melbourne animal hospital, pets can sometimes become seriously ill and even die. In considering whether to visit an emergency vet, Melbourne pet owners should consider if their cat or dog
– Has blood in their vomit or diarrhoea
– Has another medical condition
– Is on any medication
– May have eaten a foreign object
– Has been vomiting for longer than 24 hours or has had diarrhoea for longer than two days
– Seems unwell: lethargic, reluctant to play or go out, not interested in food
– Is trying to vomit but unable to bring anything up
Bloat (GDV, Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus)
Bloat is a true vet emergency situation requiring immediate attention by an emergency vet. Melbourne pets most at risk are large, deep-chested dog breeds. The stomach and then abdomen will appear swollen.
Other symptoms may include:
– Attempting to vomit or retch
– Appearing unsettled or distressed
If left untreated your dog can collapse and die, so it is critical that you rush your dog to the animal emergency centre immediately.
Symptoms of a generalised seizure are:
– Paddling or thrashing legs
– Violent tremors
– Mouth champing
– Urination and defecation
– Disorientation post seizure
Seizures are not necessarily dangerous to the animal. If your dog or cat has more than three seizures in a 24-hour period, if they do not return to completely normal behaviour within 15 minutes of a seizure or if the seizure lasts for longer than 5 minutes, it will need to be seen at our 24 hour vet clinic immediately.
If your pet has a seizure, move it to a safe area where it cannot hurt itself. Do not place your hands near its mouth – a dog cannot swallow its own tongue, but it may accidentally bite you.
Animal Accident & Emergency – Vet Emergency Centres provide dedicated emergency care 24/7. We are not just an after hours vet clinic. Our whole focus is emergency and critical care.