Pet Emergencies

When is it a Pet Emergency?

If you have an emergency please call us immediately. You can phone the practice number even when we’re closed and your call will be answered by our out-of-hours team who will give you the help you need.

Seemingly simple conditions like sickness and diarrhoea can deteriorate quickly so don’t delay in calling us for veterinary help.

Before an emergency arises, it’s a good idea to learn a little about how to spot a potential emergency situation for your pet.

Ensuring your pet’s daily well-being requires regular care and attention. Sometimes it can be difficult to know if your pet is unwell or in pain, they cannot tell you and are very good at hiding their symptoms. To help you recognise illness in your pet, here are some symptoms that could indicate a more serious underlying health problem.

The following symptoms may constitute a medical emergency. If your pet is showing any of the following symptoms it would be advised to be seen as soon as possible.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea with blood
  • Convulsions (fitting)
  • Breathing difficulties (open mouth breathing especially)
  • Ingestion of a foreign material such as a plastic toy, medications, poison, etc.
  • Deep cuts/burns
  • Injury to the eye
  • Sudden collapse or paralysis
  • Animal that is unable to pass urine (especially seen in male cats)
  • Rabbits that are unwilling to eat or do not produce faeces over a 12-24 hour period
  • Road traffic accident, falling from heights
  • Bite wounds
  • Severe bleeding
  • Abdominal swelling with attempts to vomit
  • Pregnant animal unable to pass pups/kittens

If you are concerned with other symptoms your pet has, please do not hesitate to call us as this list is a basic guide only.

What to do next

In the event of an emergency during our normal office hours please call ahead if possible and proceed directly to our practice.

For after hours emergencies, please call the RVC, our dedicated emergency service provider on 01707 666399.