Emergency vet service warns pet owners of dangers of spring

The UK’s leading out-of-hours pet emergency service, Vets Now expect to see a 33% surge in calls as worried pet owners battle with the unexpected dangers of spring.

April represents one of the busiest months of the year for Vets Now who predict they will deal with over 30,000 pet emergencies. They also revealed that 48% of pet owners do not actually know what to do when they are faced with an incident.

Dave Leicester, Head of Clinical Intelligence at Vets Now, said: “Springtime normally brings an increased number of cases to our out-of-hours clinics. Brighter and sunnier days mean that people and their pets are out and about enjoying the weather. We tend to see more road traffic accidents, cat fights, dog bites, allergic reactions and occasionally cases of heat stroke.”

With 8.5 million dogs and 7.5 million cats in the UK, Vets Now revealed that 92% of pets will experience an emergency situation in their lifetime.

Their stats also revealed that there is a 50% increase in emergency calls to Vets Now at Easter, with 9 in 10 poisonings happening while pets are in their home.

Dave continued: “It is essential you’re aware of what to do when faces with a pet emergency, especially when it’s out of hours or your local vet many be closed for spring bank holidays.”

If you’re worried that your dog is sick or injured, contact you vet as soon as possible, or find your nearest Vets No pet emergency clinic or Vets No 24/7 hospital.

To inform and engage families, Vets Now has details on how to deal with a seasonal emergency at www.vets-now.com/spring.