What to do next

If you believe your pet is in need of immediate care contact your vet clinic during normal operating hours on 3856156 . If it occurs outside of hours please contact the After Hours Vet Clinic:

Standard Hours Are:

  • Monday – Friday 8am – 7pm
  • Saturday 8am – 3pm
  • Sunday Closed

After Hours Care:

Veterinary Emergency Contact: (03) 366 1052 | 90 Disraeli St, Addington, Christchurch

Common Emergency Signs

  • Serious wounds: Wounds that are deeper than a surface scratch, especially if bleeding does not stop within 5 minutes or if there is discharge needs urgent care.

  • Breathing difficulty: If your pet shows any signs of breathing difficulty.

  • Abdominal Issues: If they are unsuccessfully attempting to vomit or if you see their abdomen is swelling. Often this will go with inability to lie comfortably.
    Any bleeding from the mouth, nose or rectum needs emergency attention.

  • Trauma: This includes being hit by a car, being attacked by another animal or person or an object.  Even if there are no obvious signs of injury, there may be internal bleeding and damage. Seizures in an animal which had not had seizures in the past may also be due to trauma. Get help immediately.

  • Respiratory issues: If your pet has problems breathing, is choking or coughing for an extended period, this may indicate a serious problem. Have them checked by your vet immediately.

  • Injury to the eye: If there is discharge, blood, swelling around the eye or any injury to the eye itself, get this checked by your vet as soon as possible. This could be serious and could end up with your pet losing the eye if not treated.

  • Problems with urination or bowel movement: If your pet has not eliminated in more than 12 hours, they may have a serious problem. Your vet can check whether or not this is due to a blockage or other problem which may need intervention.

  • Vomiting/diarrhea: If your pet has diarrhea a few times in a day or is vomiting multiple times in a day you should have them checked by your vet. This is even more critical if they are showing other symptoms such are fatigue or fever.

  • Anxiety or pain: If you suspect your pet may be in pain or they are showing indications such as limping, having problems walking or standing, cry out or avoid being touched, hide or show other anxious behaviour, you should have them assessed by the vet.

  • Fever: If you suspect your pet is running a high temperature you should have this checked by a professional.

  • Refusal to drink or eat: If your pet does not drink or eat for longer than a 24-hour period this could be a sign of something being severely wrong. Ensure you have them checked by the vet as soon as possible.

  • Difficulty in labour: If your pet has been in labour for some time or is not delivering at a reasonable interval there may be major problems. Emergency assistance is recommended.

These are just a few of the issues that may need emergency medical assistance for your pet. You know your pet and if you find their behaviour changes for unknown reasons, you may want to get them checked out as soon as possible. Use your best judgement and rather have your pet checked to find they are perfectly healthy than not get treatment when something may be wrong.

After Hours Care & Emergencies

While day-to-day care, annual check-ups, vaccinations and many other issues can be handled during normal business hours, sometimes emergencies occur that require after hours care.

Some emergencies are obvious such as an accident, severe injury, seizures and so forth. Most pets will however not show severe pain and illness until they are in dire straits.  This can make it difficult to determine if you need emergency care for your pet or not.

If you are unsure, contact us and we can advise on whether or not to seek emergency attention or if it can wait until normal operating hours.

Our clinic is open 7-days a week and will always prioritise emergency patients.