Animal Emergency

In case of an animal emergency with your pet, it’s crucial to act swiftly and responsibly. The first step should always be to contact your veterinarian. Most areas offer an out-of-hours emergency service for such situations. Please click here for an up-to-date list of emergency services available in your area.

Remember, prompt action can be lifesaving for your pet. Stay calm, follow any instructions given by the veterinary professionals, and prioritise your pet’s well-being above all else.


To report a case of cruelty or neglect please contact the RSPCA’s National Helpline on 0300 1234 999 – lines open 7am to 10pm 7 days a week

Not Sure What to Do?

The RSPCA has a useful guide about how to handle a potential animal emergency

If your pet is ill or injured

If your own pet (or an animal you are responsible for) is ill or injured you need to call your own veterinary surgery for advice and attention. Outside normal working hours, all veterinary surgeons will provide access to a veterinary emergency service, so listen carefully to any answer machine messages. If you are not registered with a veterinary surgery, you can find telephone numbers for local veterinary surgeons in the telephone directory or use Find A Vet on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website.