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How Do I Know if I Need an Emergency Vet Near Me?

By Sam Weeks | March 24, 2021

As a pet owner, it’s always cause for concern when our four-legged friends fall ill. The stress of the situation can make it difficult to judge whether you require the assistance of an emergency vet or if it is better to wait until you can get a standard appointment the following day. 

When making these sorts of decisions remember — you know your pet best and it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to their health.

However, before rushing to Google “emergency vet near me” and paying the higher fees charged by emergency clinics, read our quick guide to assessing your pets symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of a health emergency

If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, contact your local emergency clinic without delay. 

  • Severe bleeding
  • Seizures
  • Labour issues
  • Vomiting with blood
  • Respiratory distress
  • Heat stroke
  • Acute allergic reaction

It is also recommended that you contact an emergency clinic if your pet has been involved in a traumatic accident, such as a car crash. Whilst there may not be any visible, external signs of injury, there could be significant internal damage which can have serious consequences if left untreated.

Additionally, contact your emergency vet if your pet has swallowed a foreign object, even if they are not displaying any outward symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of a non-emergency

While any illness or sign of physical discomfort is cause for concern, the following symptoms tend to indicate that you can wait to book your pet into a standard appointment.

  • Red or swollen eyes
  • Itching
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Lack of appetite (for example, hasn’t eaten in two days)
  • Broken tooth
  • Signs of diarrhea, including bloody diarrhea
  • Acute vomiting
  • Slow weight loss
  • Fleas

You are the best judge of your pet’s behaviour. If you feel that something is truly wrong, always book them in to see a vet as soon as possible.

Vets on Call — pet care at your doorstep

There are many advantages to booking an appointment with a mobile vet. Our pets rarely feel like being loaded up into the car and driven to the vet’s clinic, even when they are healthy and well. Booking a house-call vet means that your pet can rest in the comfort of their own home and don’t have to go through the stress of sitting in the waiting room — where they can potentially come into contact with other sick, anxious animals.

However, if you are looking for an emergency vet near me, you should contact a clinic that specialises in providing emergency pet care. Vets on Call have appointments available at all hours of the day, 7 days a week, but our vets should not be used in an emergency situation.

Our vets are able to provide services and advice for a wide range of pet health concerns, including dental, vaccinations, blood tests, weight and nutrition concerns, wound care, cytology, geriatric care, and at-home euthanasia. Visit our website, download our app and book an appointment today to find out more.

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