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TAILS of the unexpected...

on July 23, 2013 - 11:04am

My day to day job as a vet has always been full of surprises, and as someone that enjoys variety and is easily bored, this is just as well!  The opportunity to step in and make a real difference to a cat, and their family, is never more potent than in an emergency situation, when the cat is suddenly taken ill or injured.   There doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason to the caseload we see at the clinic, but this last month, we have seen more cats than usual for emergencies or unexpected vet visits.  The little lady in the picture above presented to the clinic on a Sunday, after being hit by a car.  As you can see, she is recovering well and should be absolutely fine, albeit having used up a few of her nine lives!

We are very proud to offer round the clock care to the cats registered at the practice.   I feel very passionately that being in a stress-free, cat only environment is even more important when my patients are really sick and need to be in the hospital.  I also want you, my clients to receive the same compassionate and high level of expertise irrespective of the day of the week or time of day.  Being somewhat of a glutton for punishment, I personally answer any telephone queries or requests for emergency help when the clinic is shut.  This means that we preserve the continuity of care, have access to the cats’ medical records and can see your cat in a familiar setting, when you need us most.   This dedication to the cats under my care is quite unique in this day and age, where deputising out of hours care is seen as a sound business decision and more convenient for staff.

 My background in emergency and critical care has given me the skills to quickly evaluate my sickest patients and start their appropriate treatment as soon as possible.  The clinic is equipped with state of the art equipment to allow me and my team to stabilise and treat cats when they are at their most unwell and we are highly skilled in techniques for even our tiniest patients.  My super-duper cat nurses are always on hand, day and night to assist with any surgery or anaesthesia that may be needed in a hurry.  Occasionally a home visit may be appropriate and we can even arrange this when the clinic is closed.

It is always worth having our phone number in an obvious place – ask for one of our fridge magnets, and get a pen and paper ready to jot down the emergency mobile phone number.   A large towel is useful to swaddle an injured cat prior to placing him or her in a carrier so that you can transport your cat safely to the clinic.

Thankfully medical emergencies are uncommon, but when they do occur they can be very frightening and emotional.  If you are unsure if you are dealing with a genuine emergency, try this free interactive symptom checker.  It is never the wrong decision to ring for some advice or reassurance- you may end up saving your cat’s life!


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