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In an emergency, you want to make sure your pet has the highest level of care available. At Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital, we have state-of-the-art equipment and a dedicated team of experienced veterinarians and nurses on call, ensuring your pet always has the highest quality emergency care.

Opening Hours

We are open every day of the year (except for Christmas Day and Good Friday) for every emergency.

  • Weekdays: 8am – 7pm
  • Weekends: 9am – 5pm
  • Public Holidays: 9am – 2pm

State of the art facilities and care

In emergencies we can provide digital x-rays, ultrasound scanning, blood and urine analysis, intravenous fluid pumps, blood transfusion, surgical operations, oxygen therapy and urgent medications from our fully stocked pharmacy.

If your pet needs to stay the night we actively maintain pain relief and patient warmth to keep your pet’s stay comfortable and as stress-free as possible. In the same way that you would visit a sick friend or relative, we encourage family visits for your pet too!

What is an emergency?

Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital treats a wide range of different emergencies, including:

  • Poisonings – chocolate, rodenticides (mouse and rat bait), garden pest control products (snail bait), prescription, household cleaners and over the counter or illegal drugs
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Any types of trauma
  • Car accident
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Fight injuries
  • Wounds
  • Sudden appearance of swelling
  • Loss of balance or consciousness
  • Seizures of fits
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Itching (uncontrolled)
  • Swollen belly (bloat)
  • Constipation
  • Fainting
  • Change of colour (such as jaundice)
  • Whelping (birthing difficulties)
  • Bloating
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction (bones, foreign bodies)
  • Jaundice
  • Heat stroke
  • Hypothermia

If you’re unsure whether or not it’s an emergency, please don’t hesitate to call on 03 9555 4808.

The best care available

Our top priority is to make sure your pet is well looked after at all times. If your pet needs to stay the night, we actively maintain pain relief and patient warmth to keep them as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital has top-of-the-range equipment and processes for a wide range of emergency care:

  • Digital x-rays and ultrasound scanning
  • Blood and urine analysis
  • Intravenous fluid pumps
  • Blood transfusion
  • Surgical operations
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Medication from our fully-stocked pharmacy.

We also encourage coming in to visit your pet, in the same way that you would visit a sick friend or relative. This can help cheer you both up and can make them feel calmer and generally more relaxed.  

Being prepared

We understand that, in the case of an emergency, you can start to feel quite flustered.

Bookings are not required, but please try and call before coming in. This allows the Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital team to be completely prepared and ready to act as soon as you arrive. Additionally, this can allow us to assess the situation and provide the best guidance on how to proceed.

Other nearby emergency veterinarians

Southern Animal Referral Centre

03 9532 5261 || 248 Wickham Road, Highett

Pet Emergency & Specialist Centre

03 9596 3677 || 1103 Dandenong Road, Malvern East

Animal Emergency Centre

03 9803 8122 || 37 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley

To get in touch with Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital, give us a call today on 03 9555 4808 or fill out our contact form.

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Due to Social Distancing Measures and the rise of Omicron variant, Moorabbin Vet is experiencing a surge in veterinary visits. Please bear with us during this time. Find out more about why Vets are so busy lately.