Holistic Vets offers 24 hour emergency care for our patients.
Some of our most challenging cases are those that we encounter in a serious emergency.
They require quick thinking, elegant action and masterful communication with the animal’s owner to succinctly explain the situation, gather enough information to help treat the animal effectively, and to delicately handle the owner’s emotions which might be extreme at times.
The immediate priority is stabilizing our patient. We ensure that they have an open airway, regular respiratory rate; their heart is beating rhythmically and regularly, their circulation isn’t compromised; for example by excessive bleeding or shock, and that they are not seizuring.
Various treatments are employed at this stage to aid with the above and support the animal. These might include intravenous fluids, drugs to support or control vital signs, positioning the animal appropriately, dosing specific homeopathic remedies, applying acupuncture and even various energy modalities such as Reiki.
Once we have a stable patient, and if it’s not obvious from the above examination, the next important step is obtaining a diagnosis. Often after an accident radiographs are very useful to identify fractures or other mechanical defects which might require specific surgical treatments. Other diagnostic tools might include running blood tests, analysing urine samples and muscle testing which can give an indication of which areas need to be addressed.
A treatment plan is then created, aimed at supporting the animal to ensure that healing takes place as quickly, comfortably and effectively as possible, all within the care and financial constraints of the owner.