The time to call an ambulance is now.
If you need help with your pet’s condition, the time to get involved is now, the National Veterinary Council (NVCA) says.
The NVCA has launched a new campaign to get the public’s attention to how many people die every year as a result of car accidents.
“Every year, over 100 people die as a direct result of an accident in Australia, and the vast majority of those are caused by animals,” said NVCA’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr Richard White.
“This new campaign is a vital step to ensure the public is aware of the risks involved in owning an animal, and that they can help themselves to as much information as they can.”
“We know that the first and most important step to avoiding an accident is to call for help.
If an animal is in distress, it is important that the caller has all the information they need to make an informed decision,” he said.”
The NVCCS recommends people contact animal welfare agencies if they are concerned about an animal’s welfare and that an animal in distress has not been tested, vaccinated or treated properly.”
The NVCI is calling on Australians to contact animal rescue organisations, pet shops and rescue organisations if they suspect an animal has been injured in a car accident.
“It is vital that animal rescue groups are contacted, and if an animal appears to be injured or in distress it is crucial that rescuers are notified and are on hand to provide assistance if needed,” Dr White said.
Dr White said the NVCA was looking at how to educate people on how to contact an animal rescue.
He said it was not a new issue, and a lot of people still had not learned the important steps to make sure their pet is safe.
“Many people are still not aware that it is always important to get veterinary assistance when an animal seems to be in distress,” he told News.au.
“If someone is in a really difficult situation and they don’t know how to get help they should call for assistance from animal rescue services.”
Dr White encouraged people to speak to their GP, as the NVCI said they were currently working with a vet who could help them with their pet’s health care needs.
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