Remember, nobody knows your pet better than you do...do they seem their usual self? Happy, bright, or is there something a little unusual you're not sure of? Our fur babies are like our kids and when you notice your child's not right, you take them to the doctor. It's exactly the same with pets. Sometimes if we wait too long, or think 'I'll go in tomorrow, or in the weekend, or after work' what might have been only a teeny problem can then exacerbate over time to something much worse. The most important thing is to call us...with just a few questions we'll be able to tell you if it's something that doesn't require urgent attention and can wait or if you need to come straight down to the clinic.
If you notice any of the following problems, you need to bring your pet in straight away - we will always see emergency cases immediately.
Your pet has been experienced some kind of trauma, such as being hit by a car or a blunt object or falling more than a few feet.
- Your pet isn’t breathing or you can’t feel a heartbeat.
- Your pet is unconscious and won’t wake up.
- Your pet has been vomiting or has had diarrhea for more than 24 hours, or he/she is vomiting blood.
- You suspect any broken bones.
- Your pet is having trouble breathing or has something stuck in her throat.
- Your pet has had or is having a seizure.
- Your pet is bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth, or there is blood in his/her urine or feces.
- You think your pet might have ingested something toxic, such as antifreeze, rat poison, any kind of medication that wasn’t prescribed to her, or household cleaners.
- Your pet, particularly your male cat, is straining to urinate, or is unable to.
- Your pet shows signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, and refusing to socialise.
- Your pet collapses or suddenly can’t stand up.
- Your pet begins bumping into things or suddenly becomes disoriented.
- You can see irritation or injury to your pet’s eyes, or he/she suddenly seems to become blind.
- Your pet’s abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch, and/or they are gagging and trying to vomit.
- You see symptoms of heatstroke.
- Your pregnant dog or cat has gone more than three to four hours between delivering puppies or kittens.
No question is ever too silly to ask and because they can't tell us what's wrong, you're the best person to know what's going on with your pet.