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DOGS: Symptoms requiring immediate veterinary care

DOGS: Symptoms requiring immediate veterinary care

When they fall ill, dogs can exhibit a wide range of symptoms. Not all of them mean you are facing an acute emergency. Just like us, a dog may feel off colour for a couple of days and then bounce back. But your dog depends on you to recognise when there is a serious problem and to seek appropriate help. All of the symptoms in this article indicate you should seek immediate veterinary advice or attention…

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Dangers of Panadol for dogs

Dangers of Panadol for dogs

You may be tempted to try to provide some pain relief for your pet by using paracetamol, or other over-the-counter painkillers you might have, but the reality is you may be killing your pet. Paracetamol is particularly toxic to cats and dogs. If it doesn’t kill them immediately, the toxic substances can be stored and accumulated in internal organs…

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Cats: Symptoms needing emergency care

Cats: Symptoms needing emergency care
ADVICE FOR EMERGENCIESHow to recognise when your pet needs urgent treatment Is it an emergency? Our emergency services Our call-out area Opening hours and contact info Get directions to our hospital Cats: Symptoms symptoms requiring immediate veterinary careIf your cat is showing any of the symptoms listed here you should seek immediate veterinary advice. You should not attemptRead more

Horses: When to call the emergency vet

If you are in any way uncertain of the cause and severity of the symptoms your horse is showing, always err on the side of caution and call the hospital for advice. An experienced vet will be able to ascertain if it’s an emergency and advise you of the best way to proceed. When calling for advice you

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Horses: Basic first aid for wounds

Horses are prone to injury. Whether it’s a knock going over a jump, a nasty cut from tangling with barbed wire fences or some sharp machinery in the paddock, or a kick from another horse, open wounds and bruising are something most horse owners will face at one time or another. Unlike a dog or cat, you can’t

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Poisons: Emergency first aid

Poisons: Emergency first aid

Poisoning cases need immediate veterinary treatment. If this is not possible there are some basic first aid treatments, but you should only attempt them if you know what was ingested, and/or when your pet came in contact with it…

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Poisons: Recognising symptoms

Poisons: Recognising symptoms

There are hundreds of products and substances harmful to domestic animals. With many toxic substances the consequences are severe, life threatening and often fatal. Even if we can pull a pet through the immediate danger there is a chance of permanent organ damage. Successfully treating poisoning requires swift, appropriate care. Time is of the essence — every pet carer needs to know the various symptoms that may indicate poisoning…

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Poisoning: Top 10 causes in pets

Poisoning: Top 10 causes in pets

Pet poisoning is common, and often fatal for the affected animal. Our own experience at Alpine Animal Doctors is that poisoning from foods toxic to pets — with chocolate easily topping the list — are more common than incidents involving medications or insecticides etc, but we do see pets affected by all of the substances in the top ten…

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Poisons: Health effects and treatment

Poisons: Health effects and treatment

A little of what’s bad for them. Many common foods can make your pet ill. Some, ingested in sufficient quantity, can kill. If you suspect your pet has eaten quantities of any of the foods covered in this article, or are showing any of the symptoms described, it’s critical that you call us and get to the hospital as quickly as possible.

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Snake bite: Symptoms and treatment

Snake bite: Symptoms and treatment

Envenomation from the toxins contained in snake venom is always a serious and life threatening incident that must be treated swiftly to save the life of a pet. If your pet has an encounter with a snake you can help by being aware of the signs and symptoms of snake bite detailed in this article, and getting the affected animal to the hospital as quickly as possible…

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