Welcome to the AMC Emergency Services, a quick reference page for pet emergencies such as common poisonings & guidance on handling basic emergencies and when to bring your pet to the hospital.

Should you have any queries, feel free to contact our 24-Hour emergency line (03-4042 6742) or speak to our Vet on-duty for further clarification/advise.

1. Vomiting

If the pet vomits once, remove all food and water for 6 to 8 hours to give the stomach a rest. If pet vomiting persists, quickly give us a call at our emergency line and our Vet will look into your pet’s condition.

2. Diarrhoea

Allow the pet water only, no food, for a period of 6 to 8 hours. After this time period, offer a bland diet in small amounts. A bland diet includes foods like boiled rice or toast bread. By toasting the bread you denature the yeast in it that could upset the stomach. If the pet does not respond to this treatment or if the diarrhea worsens, please seek veterinary attention.

3. Toenail Clipped Too Short & Bleeding

To stop the bleeding, hold “Quick Stop” or even a “bar of soap” on the nail for ten minutes. Wait until the ten minutes have elapsed to check if the bleeding has stopped, since checking during the ten minutes may reduce the effectiveness of the product.

4. Lameness or Holding Paw Up

In the event a pet is holding their paw up off the ground, make the animal rest for a 1 hour period. If the lameness is still evident after an hour, bring the animal in to the emergency vet.

5. Toxic Ingestion

Certain medications (Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Marijuana), foods (chocolate, garlic, onions, coffee beans, salt, avocado, durian, jackfruit), plants, and other toxins (anti-freeze, rat poison, snail bait, pesticides) are extremely toxic to animals. Pet owners should call the emergency pet hospital immediately since treatment will vary depending on the product that was eaten.

6. Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions can vary from swelling around the eyes, reddened skin and puffy lips to more serious reactions, such as vomiting, labored breathing and weakness. If you are concerned that your pet is having an allergic reaction, contact the emergency nearest you right away.

7. Snake/Cobra envenomation

Cobra bites have been known to disable and shutdown the victims cardiovascular system in some cases within a few hours. The greater the volume of venom inoculated the higher the risk of mortality.
Ensure that the practice you are sending your pet to has stock of the snake antivenin. We strongly recommend that you identify the snake via photo, should this be possible since antivenoms work differently depending on the type of venomous snake involved. Ie Kite, Pit Viper, Cobra. Be ready to leave your pet at the emergency centre for observation. Specific blood evaluations will be required.

8. Distended Abdomen

For any swelling or visible increase in the size of an animal’s abdomen, call the emergency vet immediately. We strongly recommend for large breed dogs, with deep chests ie Dobermans, German Shepherds to be fed 2 meals per day. Avoid feeding before and less than 1 hour after exercise/outdoor activity.

Why does my pet have to be admitted to hospital?

Our aim is to keep your pet as healthy and possible and we hope they do not have to stay with us in hospital.

If your pet has come in for a consult during our emergency hours, it would probably mean that the issue/s is of serious concern. A complete history will be taken and following a clinical assessment. The veterinarian on duty will advise you on the relative necessity to hospitalize your pet immediately or for you to reschedule a follow up visit during regular hours if the case is not a true emergency.

In order to monitor your pet’s condition safely and objectively, the veterinarian on duty will advise you on a management plan during hospitalization. This may include, intravenous fluid therapy, medications and blood tests. Your pet will be under the care of trained professional veterinary nurses and doctors 24 hours a day.

In all cases where your pet is admitted to hospital this will be fully discussed with you so that you understand on reason why your pet needs to be admitted.