Parap Veterinary Hospital works together with three other practices enabling us to offer 24/7 emergency care. This means that if you call us outside Opening Hours you may be redirected to another clinic that handles that particular day’s After Hours care. This service is intended for emergency cases only and the consulting fees are higher than normal – between $180 and $225 depending on the time of the day.
Examples of Cases of Emergency
Cane Toad Poisoning
An animal that has eaten or licked a cane toad is at a high risk. While still at home, it is essential to flush your animals mouth with the head facing downwards and with the hose pointed across the inside of the mouth and NOT down into the mouth. If your animal appears to be severely affected (for instance, he or she could have brick-red gums, be salivating a lot or even fitting), call our clinic and you’ll receive directions on what to do and where to go. Treatment generally consists of fluid therapy and medication against having seizures.
Snake bites can be very nasty and are usually emergency cases even if the symptoms don’t seem to be too severe at first sight. Snake venom can affect different organ systems and it could take some time before symptoms become apparent. Seeing the vet before symptoms appear can prevent further damage, in some cases.
Heat Stroke can become a life threatening emergency very quickly here in the tropics. Animals can get heat stroke from sitting in hot cars, on the tray of a ute or even just by being taken for a long walk or run. Symptoms include panting, brick red gums and collapse. It is vital to start cooling your pet as soon as any of the symptoms are seen, by placing them in the shade with a wet towel over them with ice packs in their armpits and getting them to the vet ASAP to treat for shock and dehydration.