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Our beloved pets can easily fall into a spot of bother as there are varying opportunities for our furry friends to come into danger, in and around the household and outside in their natural habitat. Cats and dogs are curious creatures; we can leave the cupboard door open for just a moment and, before we know it, our pet has come into contact with a harmful substance.

Aside from accidents, like people, dogs and cats can also fall ill suddenly and require, urgent and sometimes life-saving treatment that simply cannot wait.

At Animal Trust, we understand how important it is that pets are protected from harm, which is why our aim is to provide affordable and accessible veterinary care for sick and injured animals. Find out more about our values here

How do I know if my pet needs emergency care?

If in doubt as to whether your pet is unwell, you should always call your local emergency vet for advice so they can help you decide if your pet needs to be seen. However, if they displaying any of the following symptoms, it is almost certain that they will need to see an emergency vet urgently.

  • Is your pet unconscious?
  • Have they collapsed?
  • Do they seem weak, or unsteady?
  • Are they experiencing any difficulty breathing?
  • Do you suspect they have broken a bone?
  • Have they had/are they having a seizure?
  • Is there any severe bleeding?
  • Do they have a gaping, open wound?
  • Do they seem in pain?
  • Is there swelling around the face or head?
  • Have they been bitten by a snake?
  • Are they showing any symptoms of heatstroke?
  • Does your pet have a distended abdomen?
  • Are they frothing at the mouth or drooling lots?
  • Have they had persistent vomiting, or diarrhoea and appear quieter than normal?
  • Have they eaten something toxic: chocolate, pesticides, medicines, antifreeze?
  • Any condition where a pet seems to be getting rapidly worse.

Remember if in doubt – call for advice.

What to do if your pet is in an emergency?

Under these circumstances, it is incredibly stressful and distressing to see your pet struggling. For the benefit of your pet, the best way to respond is to remain calm and complete the following actions.

  • Call an emergency vet near you straight away, listen to their advice and let them know you’re on your way
  • Respond to their advice and apply any first aid they recommend
  • Be careful around your pet, if they are in pain they’re more susceptible to react negatively and potentially cause you harm
  • Calmly and safely take your pet to the emergency veterinary clinic
  • Be prepared to discuss the cost of the emergency pet care treatment


How much does an emergency vet visit cost?

For our registered clients who have been to us in the last 12 months, the out of hours supplement is:

  • £49 – Monday to Friday 18:30 – 23:00
  • £49 – Weekends and Bank Holidays 13:30 – 23:00
  • £109 – Everyday 23:00 – 07:30

For non-registered clients, or for those whose pet we have not seen in the last 12 months, there is an extra £30 emergency supplement to the prices listed above.

We understand that when your pet has been in danger, the last thing on your mind is how much the emergency vet visit is going to cost – you just want your treasured pet to get better and to have a full and successful recovery.

This is why at Animal Trust, we are proud to have a dedicated emergency team based 24/7 at our Bolton, Dewsbury and Ellesmere Port clinics where we can offer affordable emergency care every day of the year. Aside from a small out of hours supplement we don’t charge any more for treatment at weekends, nights or bank holidays than during our normal working hours.

How do emergency vets work?

When you arrive a vet or nurse will normally carry out a basic assessment to understand how serious your pet’s condition is. At busy times there may then be a wait while other patients are treated.

Once the vet has carried a full assessment, the treatment may be given there and then, you may be sent home with medications, or your pet may need to be admitted for further investigations and treatment.

Emergency veterinary services normally operate on a triage basis. This means that the most serious cases, where life-saving treatment may be needed, pets will be seen before other less critical cases.

For more information on the nearest emergency vets near you, see our emergencies page.

Our top tips for preventing emergency pet accidents

  • Ensure household medicines are locked or shut away safely in a cupboard high up with restricted access
  • Keep tempting edible hazards out of reach – for example, chocolate and raisins are highly toxic for dogs
  • Make sure to wipe up any drips and spills of household products straight away to reduce the risk of your pet ingesting the substance from puddles on the floor or on their paws
  • If you’re taking your dog for a walk, always keep your dog on a lead around high traffic areas
  • Carry a pet first aid kit in case they come into contact with minor ailments

Don’t forget, if you’re ever in doubt, always contact your local vet for help and advice. Our team of experienced and professional vets will be able to provide information and assist over the phone on the next steps if your pet is in distress.


Coronavirus Measures in place at Animal Trust

We have put in some new measures for all clients when attending appointments at one of our surgeries. Read more here.

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