University Avenue Veterinary Hospital is equipped to deal with pet emergencies.

For after-hours emergencies, please phone 0409 331 682. Please confirm which veterinary clinic you have been directed to.

During hospital hours, please phone 08 8931 0455

Emergency Kits for Pets are now available!

This first aid kit is perfect for the beach, camping, road trips and home.

We recommend you seek veterinary attention for all your pet's accidents, illness and injury, but emergency first aid techniques applied before you arrive at the vet can make all the difference.

These first aid kits are equipped with a variety of dressings, bandages and cleaning solutions, gloves, scissors, thermometer and oral electrolytes, as well as an informative guide to emergency conditions and first aid treatment.


This can include motor vehicle accidents, bite wounds, lacerations and pig wounds. Try to stem any bleeding by applying pressure and bring the animal to the vet hospital as quickly as possible. Be mindful of potential internal damage and limit movement where possible.

Near drowning or smoke inhalation:

If your pet has had a close call, it is vital to have them vet-checked to ensure there are no underlying problems. Breathing problems and infections can arise if the animal has not been thoroughly checked.

Cane toad poisoning:

Ingestion of cane toad poison requires emergency treatment. Flush out your pet's mouth by directing a stream of water across the mouth (not down into the throat) and force the head to point down. Call the hospital or the emergency number. If someone is with you, have them ring while you continue to flush your pet's mouth.

Snake bite:

Keep your pet calm and apply a pressure bandage (if the vet is some distance away). Do not wash the bitten area, so toxicology can identify the poison. Call the hospital or emergency number immediately.

Heat stroke:

Symptoms of heat stroke are severe panting, red gums, staggering and collapse. Cool your pet with fans, a wet towel and ice packs. Untreated heat stroke can be fatal and even if your pet appears to recover it is important to go to a veterinary hospital for assessment, shock and dehydration treatment.

Gastric dilation:

Contact the hospital or emergency number immediately if your dog begins to exhibit a distended abdomen, loss of appetite and/or restlessness followed by lethargy. Gastric dilation is life threatening and requires emergency treatment.

After-hours appointments are shared between four veterinary clinics.

Please note that in the greater Darwin area, the after-hours emergencies are shared by four veterinary hospitals. Please confirm which clinic you are being referred to. You will be given directions to the relevant clinic. The after-hours clinics are:

No after-hours home consultations

Please note all after-hours consultations will only take place at the veterinary hospital. Our veterinarians are unable to travel to your home or the scene of an emergency.

Injured wildlife after-hours

For any after-hours emergencies involving wild animals, contact Wildcare NT on 0408 885 341 or visit http://wildcareinc.com.au