Emergency

Veterinary Emergency Care

For medical emergencies during regular hospital hours, please call our hospital at: (704) 869-9400.

When possible, we ask that you call ahead so that we may better prepare for your pet’s treatment.

Otherwise, we may refer you to:

Carolina Veterinary Specialists
2225 Township Road
Charlotte NC
704 504 9608

Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Gaston County PA
728 East Franklin Blvd
Gastonia NC
704 866 7918

Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory
126 HWY 321 S.W.
Hickory NC 28602
828 328-6697


When Should I Seek Emergency Care for My Pet?

The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute abdominal swelling
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Seizures
  • Sudden onset of weakness
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
  • Inability to urinate or defecate


New patients receive a FREE consultation on first visit.

Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Tuesday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Wednesday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Thursday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Friday:

8:00 AM-5:30 PM

Saturday:

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Sunday:

Closed

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Testimonials

  • "Went there for the first time today and could not have been more impressed by the level of care and love the entire staff showed my dog and me!! Dr. Melissa Chitu and her entire staff were fantastic, thorough and gentle. Thank you!!!"
    Anne-Bee M.

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