Emergency - what do I do?
If you think your pet is an an life-threatening emergency situation, please phone us if at all possible, before you bring your animal to us at our Raynes Park surgery. That gives us time to prepare for your pet's arrival. We can make sure they have a vet or a nurse free to see you on arrival, and that the drugs and equipment likely to be needed are ready. If you think your pet may have taken a poison, the vets can then call the Veterinary Poisons Unit to get their advice and to check on the best and most current treatment available. They can then get that treatment ready before you arrive.
What vets need to know:
- Is your pet breathing? If so, does its breathing seem normal?
- Is your pet conscious? Does it respond to you?
- Is it bleeding? If so where from and how much?
- Do you think it may have taken poison? If so, what poison do you think it is?
- How long will it take you to get to the vets?
What to do with your pet:
- If you think there is a broken bone (or bones) try move your pet, and especially the painful area, as little as possible
- Make sure you have called the veterinary practice to tell them you are coming, give the information they need to prepare for the emergency, and tell them when you expect to arrive
- If you think you pet has taken a poison or human medication, then if at all possible take the packaging with you.
If the situation does not seem life-threatening, you could take a few minutes to use our Symptom Checker, which will help you decide whether and how quickly you need to contact us.
Here are two leaflets we have prepared for you to print out and keep: