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Emergency Danger Signs for Animals


If you are concerned your pet may be having an emergency please contact us immediately on 2915 7979 for advice from one of our qualified staff members.

Some common signs that your pet may be in an emergency situation include:

  1. Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing, or pale or blue tongue and gums
  2. Not being able to stand up, walk around or balance normally
  3. Heatstroke, including heavy panting and lethargy after a walk on a hot day
  4. Repeat episodes of vomiting or diarrhoea, or a swollen abdomen
  5. Shaking, severe shivering or seizuring
  6. Eating or drinking toxins, including chocolate, onions, human medications or drugs, poisons, detergents, cleaning products or any other abnormal substance.  Please bring the container with you if possible
  7. Difficulty going to the toilet, or blood in the urine or stools
  8. Bleeding that does not stop after 5 minutes
  9. Trauma, such as a fall or accident, even if there are no cuts or bleeding
  10. Wounds, including cuts and bites from other animals, including snake or spider bites



To help streamline our services, we are uniting our practices.

The Animal Emergency Centre will become a part of East Island 24hr Animal Hospital, and you may notice we will be using the Creature Comforts logo for all of the practices. Everything else will stay the same – the same location, same management, same owners, same vets, same nurses and same dedication to our values. We at the Creature Comforts Group look forward to serving you and your pets.

Dr David Gething and all of the Creature Comforts Team.