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Emergencies normally happen when you are least expecting them and at the most inconvenient time. They can be a very stressful and traumatic time for both you and your pet. Here are a few things to consider in advance so you are as prepared as possible to deal with an emergency, should one occur. Knowing what to do and what not to do can make a difference to saving your pet’s life.
Speak to your veterinary practice about the arrangements for emergency care during the day and “after hours”.
Often out of hours veterinary care is provided by a dedicated team of vets and nurses that only work at night. These out of hours providers, such as Vets Now, work with your regular vet to provide a dedicated emergency and out of hours service.
The teams are made up of fully qualified and experienced vets and nurses and because they’re dedicated to working with emergencies and critical care cases, they are particularly skilled at dealing with accidents and emergencies. If your practice uses an out of hours provider, make sure you have their contact details and know where they are located.
Think about how you would get your pet to the veterinary clinic in an emergency.
In almost every emergency case you will need to take your pet to a veterinary clinic where the necessary staff, equipment and drugs are available in order to provide the very best care and immediate treatment for them.
If an emergency happens during the evening when you may have had an alcoholic drink, is there anyone you could call to give you a lift to the veterinary clinic? Alternatively, keep details of a local pet friendly taxi company or ambulance to hand.
A large dog can be extremely difficult to move so think about whether you’re able to lift him or if you will need someone else to help you get him into the car.
Occasionally house visits can be arranged, but it can take a bit of time to organise and in almost all cases, it is much better for your pet if they can be brought in to the veterinary clinic, as the vets and nurses are quite limited in the level of treatment they can provide away from the clinic.