Is It An Emergency?

This is just a short reference of the most common emergency signs we see. If in doubt, ring the surgery on 4636 2027 for advice. In general, it is better to be seen early, than risk a condition worsening.

If your pet has any of these symptoms, bring it in IMMEDIATELY

Inability to BreatheNoisy respiration, blue tongue, gasping for breath
Bleeding That Won't StopFrom any part of the body. Apply pressure and come now!
Inability to Urinate or Appears ConstipatedBut continues to try.
Inability to Deliver Puppies or kittensKeeps trying unsuccessfully or more than an hour between babies (and you think there are more in there)
PainSevere. Continuous with no relief
Vomiting, DiarrhoeaContinuous or with the Appearance of Blood
Loss of Balance or ConsciousnessIncludes tremors, coma, staggering, blindness, fainting
ItchingContinuous scratching, biting, self-mutilation
Penetrating WoundsAny place, but especially chest or abdomen
PoisoningBring the container or commercial name and chemical name
InjuryContinuous pain and/or total lameness
Hit by car
BloatTrying to vomit, swollen belly
inability to walkloss of use of all four or just the hind legs
Any other sign that looks serious!

If your pet has any of these symptoms, bring it in TODAY

Difficult BreathingWith or Without Cough. Eats and Drinks. Not Frantic
Vomiting / DiarrhoeaWithout Blood; No Pain; No Unusual Contents
Sudden LamenessNo apparent cause
Swallowed ObjectEven if you THINK pet swallowed it.
Severe ItchingWith possible self-mutilation
Strange OdourUsually disagreeable, from any part of the body
EyesDischarge or redness to one eye. Third eyelid across the eye.
InjuriesNot severe emergency but will worsen with delay- lacerations

If your pet has any of these symptoms, it is safe to wait OVERNIGHT

Vomiting / DiarrhoeaNo blood, no foreign material, no pain, not continuous
ItchingMild to moderate; no skin damage; not continuous, no bleeding
LamenessLittle or no pain; no discomfort in walking; not continuous
Thirst / UrinationExcessive drinking and/or elimination of urine with no blood, no pain, no straining or discomfort, or bloody appearance to the urine
Loss of AppetiteSkipped one main meal, but no other signs of illness
Most Skin Problems