Emergency Care

Emergency Care

Emergencies are unexpected, but don’t let yourself be caught unprepared.

Nobody expects an emergency situation. Certain precautions can help you be prepared should one ever happen to your pet. In case of a minor emergency, it is always a good idea to have a first aid kit available at home or with you while you are traveling with your pet. You can buy these from places such as St. John Ambulance, or you can buy products individually and make one yourself. You never know when you might need tweezers or a bandage! The CVMA has an online guide for creating a first aid kit.
 
It’s also a good idea to have a prepared list of phone numbers in a convenient location (or in your phone!) of the veterinary hospitals in our area that provide 24-hour emergency care. We are currently not equipped to take after-hours small animal emergency calls at our clinic. If you have an emergency after-hours please call Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital, who will be able to assist in assessing whether your pet can wait to see us in the morning or if you should make the trip to Nanaimo to see them.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 778-428-6401 or tsolumvet@shaw.ca. For more information, you can also visit the AVMA’s section on Emergency Care and the CVMA’s page on Wound First Aid.

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