How to deal with a vet emergency

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I’ve never met a vet who’s never had a panic attack.

I’m an avid reader, and I’ve had more than my fair share of vet visits.

But as a vet, I can tell you I’ve only had a few emergencies.

So it’s no wonder many vets struggle to cope when things go wrong.

“I’ve had my share of pet bites, but I don’t remember being so worried about being bitten,” says veterinarian Katie Breslau, who has had five pet bites in her career. 

“We have a vet community that is so connected to each other.

It’s been a huge help. 

I have to be prepared for all sorts of scenarios.”

Pet owners often share their pets with their pets, who can also have to deal.

And vets are also asked to take on extra duties in the event of emergencies, such as making appointments, administering medications, monitoring animals and providing first aid.

“Some of the vets I’ve worked with are really amazing, but sometimes they don’t always respond to requests for assistance,” says Breshau. 

When a vet goes out to help a family member or friend, she has to be aware that their actions could be deemed negligent.

“Sometimes I have to say, ‘Sorry I’m not available today,’ but it’s also important to understand that this person is a vet and they’re the one who should be there,” she says.

“The person who’s there to help is going to be responsible for making sure they’re safe.” 

Some vets also have their own life responsibilities.

Breswau says that if her clients can’t attend appointments or work shifts, they are usually responsible for their own household finances.

“It’s really difficult for me, and for my patients, to put myself out there and say, I’m going to go out and spend money on myself,” she explains.

“That’s the biggest thing, is for people to know that it’s my job to pay bills, and to make sure that I’m taking care of my pets.

If I’m able to get a vet appointment, I’ll be happy to go.”

A common pet anxiety The most common pet panic can come in the form of an anxiety attack.

It can be triggered by the unexpected death of a loved one, a child being sick or losing a pet.

“The pet panic is a very real thing,” says pet psychiatrist Dr Amy Gorman, who works with many vets.

“When a pet dies it’s like an earthquake, it shakes you.

People can go into a state of anxiety, and you might be in that state for hours.”

In addition to pet anxiety, vets also face a wide range of anxiety disorders, such to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety related to physical health, such a anxiety disorder or panic disorder.

“There are many different types of pets,” explains Gorman.

“They’re all different, but the general theme is that pets are very important to the vets in terms of their work and they need to feel that they’re loved and cared for.”

What to do when your pet is a bit stressedWhen you have a pet who’s had a stressful event, the first thing you need to do is treat them as a pet, rather than a person.

“If you treat them like a person, you’re going to find that they can cope better,” says Gorman “The main thing you want to do, is give them a warm hug, or give them some treats, and try to comfort them as much as you can.”

If your pet gets into a bit of a meltdown, you’ll need to be sure to talk to them and reassure them that they aren’t the reason for the situation.

“For a lot of vets, the biggest issue is that they’ve had their own issues with mental health, which they’ve dealt with,” says Dr Amy Gordon, a veterinary mental health counsellor from Brisbane.

“Often it’s because of things that they have to do or things that their health has affected.” 

In some cases, your vet may also have been asked to manage your pet’s emotional distress.

“You want to be supportive of your vet and say that your vet’s a wonderful person and they understand you, but they need help,” says Gordon.

“But if they’re not going to help, you need the support of your vets to try and get their help.” 

Pet-safe vets should always be accompanied by a veterinary social worker to ensure that your pet feels comfortable around people.

“All the people that I work with have pets,” says Gordon.

“They have issues, but it doesn’t mean they need all the help that they need.

I work at a really lovely and caring organisation that’s got quite a wide variety of pet-friendly vets.” 

You can also check if there are other resources to help if you have pets, such Facebook groups, or your local