- Breathing difficulties
- Open wound injuries or significant bleeding
- Trauma (e.g. car accidents)
- Male cats struggling to pass urine or faeces
- Rabbits neglecting food
Veterinary advice without having to leave your pet's side
Our Alexa Skill and Google Action for smart speakers allow pet owners to discover common symptoms and find out treatment options for a small number of common illnesses and emergencies via simple voice commands.
They also provide contact details and an address for the nearest emergency vet. Enable our Alexa Skill or Google Action on your phone and smart speaker by clicking the green buttons above.
Dog chocolate toxicity calculator
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Tell your voice assistant how much your dog has eaten and listen to instructions on what to do next.
Help finding your nearest vet
Ask Alexa or Google to find your nearest emergency vet and receive the telephone number and an address for the clinic on your phone.
Answers to common questions
Ask a question related to a common pet health issue, such as "what are the symptoms of kennel cough?", and receive answers approved by our vets.
How to use Alexa and Google for Vets Now
Our interactive voice skills provide answers to some of the most commonly-asked pet health questions and offer guidance on what to do next. The content on our voice skills is limited but growing all the time. Read our descriptions in the links above to find out which topics we currently cover.
Please note, the advice and feedback provided by these skills are not a substitute for a consultation with a veterinary professional. If you think your pet’s symptoms might be life-threatening, please contact your nearest Vets Now clinic immediately.
When should I call an emergency vet?
Here are just some of the conditions our vets deem to be potentially life-threatening. In all of these cases, your pet may need urgent emergency treatment so please, rather than seek advice online or via your smart speaker, contact your nearest Vets Now clinic immediately. The advice on our voice assistant skill is not a substitute for a proper consultation with a vet and is only intended as a guide.
- Swallowing hazards i.e. toys/ clothes etc
- Ingestion of toxic/harmful substances
- Eye problems
- Severe vomiting or diarrhoea especially if your pet appears quiet or depressed or if it is going on for a long time (more than 24 hours)
- Swollen abdomen or retching (especially large dogs)
- Loss of thirst & appetite
- Struggling to give birth