When Does My Pet Need Emergency Vet Attention?

For after hours emergencies, please take your pets to Whitley Animal Medical Centre at 232 Whitley Road S297824, Tel 6250 8333.

mount pleasant after hours emergency clinic
232 whitley road singapore 297824 tel: 6250 8333

Mondays to Fridays: 8.30pm to 8.30am
Saturdays & Sundays: 6.00pm to 8.30am
Public Holidays: 24 Hours

No appointment is required at our After Hours Emergency Clinic. But we appreciate if you could call us about the nature of emergency so we can be better prepared.

when does my pet need emergency vet attention?

Always seek veterinary advice when your pets display signs of pain or discomfort. The earlier the problem is identified and treated, the better the outcome. Your pet needs emergency medical attention if you observe the following symptoms:

  • struggling to breathe, gagging or trying to vomit
  • having seizures or fits
  • showing signs of extreme pain (e.g. whining, trembling)
  • heatstroke (e.g. panting, weakness, high temperature)
  • vomiting or having diarrhea for more than 24 hours
  • straining or unable to urinate or defecate
  • bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth
  • ingested toxic substances (e.g. rat poison, insecticide, medication, household cleaners)
  • sudden loss of vision or bumping in things
  • difficulty in giving birth
  • swollen abdomen (could be life-threatening condition called bloat or gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV) – “stomach twisting”)

We triage every pet upon arrival. Pets in critical condition are treated immediately.

First aid care may save your pets’ life until they receive treatment


  • Important phone numbers (regular vet clinic and emergency vet clinic)
  • Your pet’s medical record (any drug allergies)
  • Digital rectal thermometer (normal dog and cat temperature: 38 to 39.2°C)
  • Sterile absorbent gauze, bandages, adhesive tapes, scissors
  • Activated charcoal (to absorb toxins – only use as directed by vet)
  • 3% Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting – only use as directed by vet)
  • Saline solution (for cleansing wounds)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Towels, muzzle, Elizabethan collar


  • Even the friendliest pets will bite or scratch when injured and in pain.
  • Muzzle your dog unless he is unconscious or has breathing difficulty.
  • For injured cats, use an e-collar or place them in a carrier.


  • Wounds and cuts => Flush with saline to remove dirt/debris and apply sterile dressing.
  • Bleeding wounds => Apply direct pressure with a clean cloth until blood starts to clot.
  • Broken bones => Control bleeding and confine pet for transport to vet.
  • Heat stroke => Move pet to shaded area, pour cool water over body especially abdomen and inner thighs, rush pet to vet.
  • Burns and scalds => Flush area with cool water then send to the vet.
  • Seizures => Remove objects around your pet, keep calm, do not restrain pet or place any object in pet’s mouth, record duration of seizure, take your pet to vet once she is calm.
  • Poisoning => Collect any material you pet has eaten or vomited and take it along to the vet. Do not induce vomiting unless directed by your vet.
  • Choking => Check for foreign objects in your pet’s mouth and carefully remove it if you can. If you can’t remove the object, watch video on Heimlich Maneuver below.
  • No heartbeat => Watch video on Pet CPR below.

Pets assessed to be stable are seen by our vet in the order of their arrival. 

We do our best to keep waiting time to a minimal.