Emergency Pet Care
Our hospital recognizes how frightening emergency situations can be, which is why we make stabilizing your pet our top priority.
In the event of an emergency during our standard hours, please call our hospital right away at (336) 838-3441 and describe the situation. Those extra few minutes give us time to be ready when your pet arrives with any tools necessary.
Emergency Within Work Hours
We can help in emergency situations during these time periods:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
*Closed from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
please arrive by 11 a.m. to ensure your pet can be seen by a veterinarian before closing.
Note that on Saturdays we may have to stop checking in patients as early as 11am, so please call us at (336) 838-3441 to make sure we can accommodate and help.
Emergency Outside Work Hours
If you’re facing an emergency outside of our working hours above, please call an emergency clinic like Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory at (828) 328-6697 to describe your situation and get your pet treated.
Signs of An Emergency
Since pets can’t talk, it can often be challenging to know what does and doesn’t count as an emergency. If your pet is displaying any of these signs, please consider it an emergency and get veterinary care right away:
- Difficulty breathing
- Blunt-force trauma
- Vehicle hit or crash
- Ingested a foreign object
- Eaten something poisonous
- Bleeding that’s uncontrollable
- Refusal or inability to move or stand
- Unusually body temperature
- Lost consciousness
- Excessive vomiting or severe diarrhea
- Blood in stool
- Unable to pass stool or urinate
If you’re seeing any of these symptoms but in a mild form, please call our hospital at (336) 838-3441 and we can advise on the next steps.