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When Should I Ask For an Emergency Appointment?

Sometimes owners worry that they will be wasting our time by asking for their pet to be seen right away - we would rather see a pet that is not as ill as first thought than leave them until they had become seriously ill. Below are some common emergency situations which we see in practice. In general, if you are unsure call the practice for advice.

Common Emergencies

In any emergency situation, try to remain calm. Have a pen and paper ready when you call the practice to note down any instructions or directions. Out-of-hours emergency cover is provided by Alder Veterinary Hospital.


Common emergency situations include (though this list is not exhaustive):


Road traffic accidents and other traumatic injuries (including fighting or bite wounds)

If you suspect that your pet has been hit by a car, contact us as soon as possible:

  • Pets can suffer internal bleeding without showing any outward signs.
  • Be gentle and transport your pet carefully especially if you suspect a fracture or a head injury.


Breathing Difficulties

Call us if you notice:

  • Severe or sudden changes to normal breathing patterns (increased rate or effort), persistant breathlessness.
  • If you notice your cat pants with an open mouth for more than a few minutes.


Blockage of the Urinary Tract:

If you notice your pet has frequent attempts at passing urine and seems to be unsuccessful, especially if they appear to be in pain or depressed it is possible that they are suffering from bladder stones. These can block the urinary tract and prevent the bladder from being emptied. It is life threatening and can severely damage your pet's kidneys.



There are many causes of this sign and it can happen to varying degrees:

  • Sudden loss of the ability to use one or more legs.
  • Severe pain when moving their back or when it is touched.
  • Sudden loss of consciousness, like a 'faint.'
  • Seizuring (fits) in an animal that has had never had them before.
  • A fit that lasts longer than 15 minutes or several short fits within a few minutes to hours.


If you know or suspect your pet has been poisoned:

  • If your dog has eaten raisins, onions or chocolate.
  • If you cat has eaten any part of a Lily plant.
  • If any pet has eaten part of a plant that may be poisonous.
  • If you have given your cat paracetamol or ibuprofen or used dog anti-flea treatments on them (if they contain permethrins).
  • If any pet has eaten antifreeze, slug pellets, rat poison, insecticides or other chemicals.
  • If any of your pets has eaten your medication (including prescription, non-prescription or recreational drugs). It is extremely important that you are completely honest with us. We cannot help your pet if we do not have an idea of what is wrong. Our only interest is in helping your pet, not policing your chosen lifestyle.
  • See our Seasonal Advice Pages for examples of other common toxins.


High Temperature

Pets sometimes develop a high temperature, often due to an infection.

  • Pets can be dull, depressed, sleepy or not interested in food and drink.
  • They can seem unresponsive to you.
  • They may have a fever without being hot to the touch.


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Monday        09.00 - 18.00

Tuesday       09.00 - 18.00

Wednesday   09.00 - 18.00

Thursday      09.00 - 18.00

Friday           09.00 - 18.00

Saturday       Closed 

Village Vets Centre Ltd

65 Quarry St  


L25 6EZ

Tel.: 0151 428 8600


In case of emergency, please call:

Tel.: 0151 428 8600

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