St Andrews (01334) 466800  –  Ladybank (01337) 832600  –  Newport-on-Tay (01382) 543487

Out-of-Hours Emergency Service call on Vets Now on – 01592 328336

Vomiting and Diarrhoea   This is the most common set of symptoms we see during the course of our week. Many cases do not require any veterinary intervention at all, and will respond to basic management such as withholding food for up to 24 hours and then giving light food for a few days (eg. chicken & rice). However, if your animal’s symptoms are severe, or not improving after 24 hours or more, then many cases do need treatment. Most urgently we need to see animals who are getting weak or dehydrated, or if profuse amounts of blood are being voided in either direction (small amounts of blood in vomit or diarrhoea are not necessarily worrying). We would also expect to promptly see very old or very young animals with vomiting or diarrhoea.

Where you feel your pet may have eaten a solid foreign body (and you’d be amazed by the range of items we have removed over the years!) please contact the duty vet to discuss whether we need to see the animal promptly or not. It is not always sensible to induce vomiting when they have eaten a rough or odd-shaped foreign body as it may cause more damage to the throat on the way back up.

Whelping/Kittening   Most cats, and many breeds of dog, will usually give birth with no intervention. Again, there are no hard and fast rules to govern when veterinary attention is required. It is certainly not uncommon for there to be an hour or more between the birth of individual puppies or kittens, but if the mother is becoming weak; if there is a period of intense straining without the production of a further puppy/kitten; or if you have any other concerns, then you should contact the duty vet.

St Andrews (01334) 466800  –  Ladybank (01337) 832600  –  Newport-on-Tay (01382) 543487

Out-of-Hours Emergency Service – 07872 817599