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When Do I Need An Emergency Vet?

By Sam Weeks | April 29, 2021

When you are a first-time pet owner, knowing when to immediately seek emergency help isn’t always easy or obvious. Unless you are Dr Doolittle (here at Vets on Call we would love that!),  communicating with your pet is usually about an observation of their behaviour. If you are unsure of exactly when to take your pet’s behaviour as a sign to call your mobile vet at Vets on Call, here are some possible scenarios that may mean an emergency visit is needed. So if you are looking for an emergency vet in Brunswick here are some helpful tips to know exactly when to seek help for your pet. 


This is one that is fairly obvious but should you see or be informed that your furry friend has suffered a major impact from a car, bus or another incident it’s a good idea to get them checked out. Also, keep an eye out for problematic symptoms such as disorientation and vomiting after impact and communicate this to your vet when you are there for the consultation. A good vet will listen to your description of the event and your pet’s symptoms as well as assessing any wounds on your pet that may have occurred and treated them as well. Your vet will also likely give you some instructions for care after the consultation as well to ensure a speedy recovery for your furry friend.


Paralysis can occur in a localised manner, meaning in just one or two legs in a dog or can progress to full body paralysis where the sufferer cannot move at all. The most common cause of paralysis in animals is called tick paralysis. This is caused by a toxin that is released from a tick that attacks the nervous system. Early signs of tick paralysis that occur in animals such as dogs are: change or loss of voice, change in breathing, gagging or coughing, vomiting, loss of leg function and dilated pupils. It’s estimated that symptoms of tick paralysis appear 3-5 days after the tick has attacked. You may not find an actual tick but may find a crater where a tick has previously burrowed in. Removing the tick may not be enough to prevent paralysis so you should keep an eye on your pet for any of the above-mentioned symptoms. Your vet will give you further instructions on what to do after your consultation. 


When your pet vomits it may not be immediately serious. Sometimes your pet will empty the contents of their stomach if they have eaten too fast or if they have eaten a lot of something they shouldn’t eat such as grass. It is important to keep an eye on your pet if they have been ill to see if it is an isolated case or more episodes occur. Another thing to note is that if an animal such as a dog regurgitates after eating it can be known as passive regurgitation and is not usually stressful for your pet. However, if it has been some time since they have eaten and the food is partially digested it can be considered vomiting. There are many reasons why animals can vomit. There are causes for acute cases of vomiting. They are intestinal parasites, ingestion of toxic substances, food intolerance, foreign substances ingestion, viral infections, sunstroke and other reasons that your vet can investigate.  If the vomiting becomes frequent and does not resolve after treatment from your vet you may need to seek further help from your vet. 

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