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A pet emergency can happens to even the most careful pet owners, and you need to be prepared in order to handle the situation effectively. The Kennedy Heights Animal & Bird Hospital will be there to provide prompt emergency care during regular hospital hours for your small pet.
Remember these four things when dealing with an emergency:
Please be prepared BEFORE an emergency strikes with the phone numbers of emergency animal hospitals. Place the Kennedy Heights Animal & Bird Hospital phone number (604) 591-5304 and for after hours, the Fraser Valley Animal emergency Clinic phone number (604) 514-1711 in a prominent place such as your refrigerator or near the phone.
Communication with your Veterinarian
When you call us at the Kennedy Heights Animal & Bird Hospital, tell us that you feel this is an emergency. It can be difficult for the veterinary receptionist or technician to know that a situation is an emergency if you are unclear on basic information or if you don’t specifically say that you think it is an emergency. Be clear and concise with pertinent information, which includes:
It is helpful to jot down some notes regarding this information about your pet before calling the veterinary office so you don’t forget important information.
Transporting Your Small Pet
You probably already have some type of small carrier in which to transport your pet when you take your ferret out of the house. This will be suitable for emergency situations. If you do not already have a carrier, then purchase one now before you need it. You can use it as a daily play or sleep area for your pet. In this way your pet will get used to the sight and smell of the carrier and will not be frightened when it is used for a trip to the vet!
If you are transporting your pet by yourself, it is imperative to keep him/her confined because a pet that is loose in the car can cause injury to itself by falling off a seat or getting wedged in a tight area, or to you if it gets near the accelerator or brake petals or startles you while you are driving.
If the pet is injured or in pain, he/she will probably lie in its most comfortable position when left on its own in a carrier. If a person is holding an injured ferret in the car, the position they choose for the ferret because it looks comfortable to them may not be the most comfortable for the pet.
Emergencies Situations in Small Mammals
The following situations warrant a phone call to our hospital and bringing your small pet in for emergency care immediately.
A Quick Response to a Bird Emergency is Essential
Birds hide pain and discomfort because, in the wild, they become easier prey if they show signs of illness. For this reason, if your bird does not seem right in any way you should call and bring him in right away. Any bird that is fluffed up, quiet, or not eating has been sick for longer than you think. Any bird sitting at the bottom of the cage is EXTREMELY ill and needs to come to our hospital for emergency care immediately!
What to do when they occur:
Signs that Your Pet Reptile Needs Immediate Medical Help
Your pet reptile is also vulnerable to emergency situations. You should call our animal hospital right away if you find any of these signs:
If you suspect notice anything unusual about your small pet and suspect he may be ill or injured, don’t hesitate to call our hospital for emergency care at (604) 591-5304 right away.
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