24 Hour Vet Care in an Emergency

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It is incredibly frightening to witness your beloved pet suffer in pain – especially when it’s unexpected and you don’t know how to handle the situation.

Sadly, pet emergencies are a way of life. Even though we can’t escape them, we can put measures in place to ensure pets are seen to, and cared for, as quickly as possible.

Thankfully, our Medivet 24-hour centres are here for you and your pet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including Christmas and bank holidays).

Animal welfare is our passion and we are dedicated to delivering amazing patient and client care. Each of our Medivet 24-hour centres are well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to allow the team to perform a variety of procedures and surgeries. They always have a dedicated night vet and nurse on-site, plus a back-up on-call team to deal with more complicated procedures. Your pet is never left alone and they are continuously monitored throughout their stay.

Continuity of care is what we strive for, and the relationships you build with your vet should be very special ones. Our integrated client computer system means that if your pet requires care outside of your usual Medivet practices’ opening hours, our 24-hour centres can access your pet’s medical records.

What to do in an emergency

Knowing what to do and what not to do in an emergency situation can make a difference in saving your pet’s life.

  • Keep calm and try not to panic
  • If your pet is bleeding, apply a clean cloth and apply pressure
  • If your pet is having a seizure, make sure the room is dark and quiet. If the seizure lasts for two minutes, call your vet immediately
  • If your pet has ingested something toxic, call your vet and describe what (and the quantity) they have eaten
  • If your pet is choking, time is of the essence – take them to your vet immediately

Be safe, not sorry

If you are ever unsure if a situation should be considered an emergency, we would urge you to contact your local vet as soon as possible. They’ll either be able to offer free, expert advice over the phone or, if it’s outside of their opening hours, transfer you to their dedicated 24-hour centre so you can speak to a member of the 24-hour veterinary team.

If there is not a local Medivet 24-hour centre near you yet, please visit your local Medivet practice’s homepage using our handy practice finder to see the details of their dedicated out-of-hours provider.

Posted September 28, 2016 by Cara Zaleski in Pet Care Advice

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