Compassionate and comprehensive veterinary services for all family pets.
We believe that the pet and owner relationship is very unique and special. We strive to do our best to preserve that relationship by providing the best medical care possible.
No appointment is necessary if your pet becomes ill out-of-hours. When you arrive you will be met by our experienced, friendly receptionist who will assess your pet’s status. If your pet is critically ill he or she will be taken immediately to the treatment room and stabilised. If your pet is stable on arrival, you will be asked to complete a form with your details before being taken to a consultation room to await the vet on duty.
The veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination and recommend either outpatient treatment to be followed up with your local veterinarian, or hospitalization with the appropriate treatment and diagnostic tests. The veterinarian will discuss all this with you and will give you an Estimate of the cost associated. Sometimes it’s hard to give a complete estimate, in which case the veterinarian will give you a stage-by-stage estimate of cost. Once you sign the estimate after agreeing to it, we would ask you for a deposit of 75% of the estimate upfront.
Please ask any questions about the pet’s condition and treatment, as it is very important to us that you feel comfortable with our proposed treatment. As a veterinarian, we always have to consider both pet’s health and any of the owner’s financial concerns.
Diagnostics & Hospitalisation
Should your pet require Diagnostics (Blood test/ X-Ray/ Ultrasound etc) and hospitalization, he or she will receive around the clock monitoring and treatment.
Our dedicated team, together with our medical equipment and facilities, provide the best possible care for your pet.
While your pet is in hospital we welcome you to phone for an update on how your pet is progressing. We will always contact you if there is any change to the treatment necessary for your pet or any change in their condition.
All hospitalised patients need to be picked up by 07.30 am Monday to Saturday. If your pet requires ongoing hospitalisation we will discuss this with you so treatment can be continued by your regular veterinarian if that happens to not be Intercity Animal Emergency Clinic.
A full report on your pet’s treatment is given to you and a copy forwarded to your vet if necessary.
Payment is required in full on discharge and can be made by cash, all credit cards. We do not accept cheques. You will appreciate our service receives no government funding.
Yes, we offer 24/7 emergency veterinary care, but that’s not all.
Intercity Animal Emergency Clinic is open 7 days a week and offer a range of services including medical, diagnostic, surgical, wellness, and preventive health care for your pets so they live healthy, happy lives.
If you’re pet has insurance please bring details so we can provide the necessary information for you to lodge your claim with your insurer. The IAEC recommends pet insurance for all pets. Insurance allows vets to achieve the best outcomes for pets, rather than having to make compromises based on finances. High quality medical care costs a lot of money. The good news in the human world is that healthcare is Medicare funded and many people have private health insurance. This is not the case in the animal world – health care costs remain high but veterinary care is not subsidized by the government and currently few people have pet insurance. In other countries such as the United Kingdom, pet insurance rates are much higher than in Canada. We see many cases each year where treatable conditions must be left untreated due to financial constraints, sometimes with dire consequences. Other times, limited finances mean that care can be provided, but not at a level most likely to lead to a good outcome.
The benefit of pet insurance is that you do not have to come up with a large sum of money all at once. If your pet is insured and the unexpected happens, money is one less thing for you to worry about. Veterinarians love pet insurance because they can do what’s best for your pet without having to worry as much about money. A number of insurance companies provide pet insurance in the Canadian market and these insurance companies provide a range of options. Some provide cover for preventative care such as vet checks and vaccinations, whilst others focus on providing peace of mind for unexpected occurrences, such as illnesses, being hit by a car, or attacked by a dog.
As with any investment, be sure to read the fine print before purchasing a pet insurance plan. Some insurers have time limits on the length of cover provided for each illness, which may exclude long term, chronic, or recurring illnesses. Other plans may exclude certain breeds or types of illnesses from being covered or even have an age cut off after which your pet is not covered. Thoroughly research the available plans to find one that is right for you and your pet. Be sure to find one that will cover them for their whole life, even if your diabetic, arthritic or hit by a car!