It’s any pet owner’s worst nightmare – it’s late at night and something seems to be wrong with your beloved companion but you’re not sure whether it’s serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency vet. To ensure that you can make an informed decision, the team here at Animal Emergency Service has put together a basic guide to knowing when your dog or cat needs urgent care.

Common signs that something is wrong

Seizures, excessive vomiting or unconsciousness – these are all obvious signs that most people would respond to with urgency and concern. However, it’s also important to know which seemingly small issues may be indicative of something much more sinister.

Any sign of strained urination or an inability to urinate as normal for an extended period of time should be met with concern. A good way to monitor this for cats is by checking to see if the litterbox is dry. If it seems as though they haven’t urinated properly in 24-36 hours, a trip to the emergency pet hospital is highly recommended.

For both dogs and cats, it’s important that they get urgent care if you notice that they have swallowed something toxic or dangerous, such as a small household item or cleaning products. This can cause poisoning, blockages and internal bleeding if left untreated and animal hospitals such as AES can quickly and easily determine a plan of action to avoid these consequences.

Eye issues in cats and dogs can quickly turn into serious health problems if left untreated. If you see any injury, inflammation or irritation to your pets eyes or notice they are having trouble seeing things as normal, it is important that you visit your emergency vet as soon as possible so they can assess the problem.

When in doubt…

Perhaps one of the most important things to remember is that you know your pet better than anyone else. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple phone call to your local emergency vet to rule out anything serious. At AES, we’re more than happy to take calls from owners who feel that their pet is acting unlike themselves and will ask a few simple questions to see whether it will be necessary to bring them in. Ultimately, it’s best to use your discretion and err on the side of caution if you’re still unsure as to whether a matter is serious or not.

Animal Emergency Service has four locations across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast – visit our contact page to see which one is nearest to you. Don’t hesitate to call us at any time if you are ever concerned about your pet.

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