If your pet is acutely sick or badly injured it is important to seek prompt veterinary care. Here are a few tips to help you recognise when your pet needs urgent attention and how to get them to us as safely as possible
It is important to call us as soon as you can so we can give you advice and prepare for your arrival. We don't have staff available at short notice to provide emergency care at your home. Our clinics are well equipped with all the tools and staff we need to diagnose and treat your pet's injuries.
PETVET Lower Hutt70 Pharazyn Street
PETVET Silverstream9 Kiln Street
Wellington Afterhours Veterinary ClinicMcCormack Place
If you telephone a PETVET clinic when we are closed we have a recorded message on where to seek help.
Tips for Handling an Injured Pet
Road Accidents and Other Trauma
If your pet is injured, it will be in pain and is also most likely scared and confused. Even the gentlest pet may bite or scratch if injured so take extra care that you don't get injured also.
Symptoms include bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, blood in urine, pale gums, collapse, weak and rapid pulse. Keep your pet as warm and quiet as possible.
- Apply a muzzle to your dog.
- Flush the burn immediately with large quantities of cool water.
- Apply an ice water compress to the burned area.
What to do if your pet is not breathing
- Stay calm
- If possible, have another person call us while you help your pet.
- Check to see if your pet is unconscious.
- Open your pet's airway by gently grasping its tongue and pulling it forward (out of the mouth) until it is flat.
- Check the animal's throat to see if there are any foreign objects blocking the airway.
- Perform rescue breathing by closing your pet's mouth (hold it closed with your hand) and breathing with your mouth directly into its nose until you see the animal's chest expand.
- Once the chest expands, continue the rescue breathing once every 4 or 5 seconds.
If Your Pet is Unwell
- If your pet is exposed to a toxic product follow the product label for the instructions for people.
- Bring the package with you so we can read the label.
- If your pet vomits you can place it in a plastic sealable bag to bring with you.
- Keep your pet away from any objects (including furniture) that might hurt it.
- Attempting to restrain your pet can make fits worse.
- Time the seizure (they usually last 2-3 minutes).
- After the seizure has stopped, keep your pet as quiet as possible while you come in.
Symptoms include difficulty breathing, excessive pawing at the mouth, choking sounds when breathing or coughing, blue-tinged lips and tongue.
- Use caution – a choking pet is more likely to panic and bite.
- If your pet can still breathe, keep it calm and get it to us promptly.
- Carefully look in your pet's mouth to see if a foreign object is visible.
- If you can see an object, gently try to remove it with pliers or tweezers, but be careful not to push the object further down the throat.
If you can't remove the object or your pet collapses, place both hands on the side of your pet's rib cage and apply firm quick pressure, or lay your pet on its side and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3-4 times. The idea behind this is to sharply push air out of their lungs and push the object out from behind. Keep repeating this until the object is dislodged or until you get to us.
Never leave your pet in the car on warm days. The temperature inside a car can rise very quickly to dangerous levels, even on milder days. Pets can succumb to heatstroke very easily and must be treated very quickly to give them the best chance of survival.
- If you cannot immediately get your pet to us, move it to a shaded area and out of direct sunlight.
- Place a cool or cold, wet towel around its neck and head (do not cover your pet's eyes, nose or mouth).
- Remove the towel, wring it out, wet it again and reapply it every few minutes.
- Use a hose to keep water running over your pet's body (especially the abdomen and between the hind legs), and use your hands to massage its legs and sweep the water away as it absorbs the body heat.
- Transport your pet to us as soon as possible.
Use a Tape Muzzle
Move a Cat in a Towel
A Towel Bandage
A Blanket Stretcher