Animal Emergency Care
The Animal Emergency Care facility operates from the Perth Veterinary Specialists premises at 305 Selby St, Osborne Park weeknights, weekends and public holidays. The hospital is staffed by general practitioner vets and registered nurses. This service integrates closely with the day time specialist practices, allowing streamlined 24 hour care for patients and an overnight care facility for referring veterinarians and pet owners.
Our team of emergency vets and nurses will provide
- Rapid assessment of all emergency cases that present after hours
- Stabilisation and appropriate emergency treatment of each case after discussion with the owners.
- Monitoring, stabilisation or intensive care of patients from referring general practices (e.g. after surgery or in the event that they require overnight care)
The morning following admission to the hospital, stable patients will be discharged back to the referring veterinarian’s care or home. If requested by the referring veterinarian or the client, the option of a consultation with a PVS specialist will be discussed. The emergency veterinarians will contact referring veterinary practices in the mornings to plan the most appropriate course of action.
Animal Emergency Care does not offer routine general practice services (e.g. vaccinations, dental checks, desexing), and does not sell food or merchandise. For routine operations please get in contact with Perth Vet Specialists
When do I need to get emergency care for my pet?
- seizures or loss of consciousness
- persistent vomiting or diarrhoea
- inability to walk
- sudden or severe lethargy
- a bite from another dog or cat, snake, spider, bee or other insect
- problems urinating particularly if straining
- any eye or facial injury
- bloating or a hard abdomen
- difficulty breathing, any significant change to breathing pattern.
- any motor vehicle trauma
Our staff will provide you with rapid information about your pet’s status, and advice about what to do next.
What to expect
Pets requiring emergency care may have a complicated mix of signs, so it is vital that we obtain as much information about your pet as possible. After initial investigation or tests have been performed we will discuss with you the possible causes of your pet’s signs, any further investigations that may be advised to diagnose the problem(s) and where appropriate discuss treatment options. Your pet may be discharged home to await results, but unwell or injured pets may need to be admitted to hospital for additional tests, treatment or surgery. The duration of the hospital stay will depend on your pet’s problem – rest assured that there is 24 hour continuous care at the hospital. While your pet is hospitalised we will update you on a daily basis to let you know how your pet is getting on. Upon discharge, we will contact your own veterinarian to update them with the details of your pet’s visit to us and any ongoing care that may be required.
You can expect to be provided with cost estimates for procedures and hospital stays. Depending on the illness or injury, it may be difficult to predict exactly what will be required for many patients and hence costs may vary from the initial estimate. If this variation is substantial we will update you with a revised estimate as soon as possible. Similar to referral centres and hospitals for humans, our hospital has different departments that maintain their own equipment and staff. If your pet is transferred to a PVS service, you will receive invoices from more than one department. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and will always endeavour to keep you up to date on all costs incurred and expected, regardless of the number of services involved in your pet’s care.
If you have any questions or concerns at all regarding the care of your pet in AEC, please contact the duty clinician or the hospital manager.