Emergency out of hours

Did you know we provide 24 hour, on site, emergency care to our clients and their pets?

We are available to speak to 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phoning us on 01942 677979, if the surgery is closed then you will hear a recorded message providing you with an emergency contact number. 

This number will be answered by one of the veterinary team who will be able to offer you advice, or arrange to see your pet at our surgery on Twist Lane in Leigh. It is extremely important that you call us before arriving at the surgery outside of normal working hours so that one of our veterinary team can meet you.

As pet owners ourselves we know that our 4 legged (and sometimes 2 legged) pets often cause us concern in the middle of the night, or on bank holidays! So we compiled a list of problems that we class as true emergencies which require immediate veterinary attention, we use this list in the surgery and thought you may find it useful too. This is intended to help, not scare you!

This list is not exhaustive, and is not in any order of importance – each problem is as much an emergency as the others.

  • Collapse (if your pet is collapsed and unable to rise or respond to you)
  • Breathing difficulties (if you pet is showing any problems breathing)
  • Panting in cats (this is a sign of breathing difficulties in this species)
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Fitting (especially if it goes on for more than a few minutes, or if there are multiple fits)
  • Swollen Abdomen (swollen tummies)
  • Rabbits that are not eating or passing pellets
  • Continual Vomiting (persistent vomiting)
  • Dogs which are trying to be sick but are not able to
  • Eyes which are not open, have popped out, look blue (where normally they are clear – it stops you being able to see the iris and pupil as normal), or if there is something in the eye (a foreign body)
  • Extreme pain – especially if the pet is vocalising (crying in pain)
  • Suddenly unable to stand on one or more legs
  • Road Traffic Accident (even if your pet seems ok)
  • If you think your pet has been shot, or suffered another type of trauma (fall, kick etc)
  • If you think your pet has been poisoned
  • If you think you pet has eaten something that could be toxic (e.g. human drugs, tobacco, chocolate etc)
  • If you pet has a large wound
  • If you cat (especially male cats) looks to be constipated – sitting and straining either in the litter tray, or around the house, or is not able to pass urine
  • If you dog is unable to pass urine.
  • Problems giving birth.

If you are not sure if your pet needs urgent veterinary attention then please call us on 01942 677979 and we will be able to advise you further.