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On the 5th of November I presented a talk at Castle Gardens in Sherborne as part of their Pet Wellbeing day. It was titled Common Emergencies, Toxins and Misconceptions. It generated lots of interesting discussion so over the next two months, I thought it would be a good idea to cover these topics starting with common emergencies.
Every veterinary surgery has to provide an out of hours emergency service and as we cover this service ourselves, it forms a big part of our working life and gives pet owners invaluable peace of mind when the surgery is closed.
So what is actually a veterinary emergency? This will vary from one vet to another and between different pet owners. Trying to decide what constitutes an emergency is sometimes more than half the battle.
The following examples are typical veterinary emergencies either that we see or should certainly be considered emergencies and warrant a call to the emergency vet:
These are some of the more common emergencies I think we as pet owners should be aware of but there are many other situations that require out-of-hours attention. Another group of emergencies are toxin ingestions and poisonings but we will cover these in next months article.
If you as pet owners have an emergency or have any concerns what so ever, help is always at the end of the telephone.