Veterinary Emergency Medicine

k1268282Because emergencies are never planned, our veterinary emergency service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week handling unexpected trauma, illness and injury. Our ER facilities are staffed at all times by highly skilled, compassionate doctors and technicians capable of handling even the most complicated and demanding pet emergencies. In addition, the VSH team of specialists are on-call to assist in providing excellent, comprehensive emergency care.

Some of the more commonly encountered emergency conditions include seizures, buffo toad exposure, snake bites, urinary obstructions, bleeding, heat stroke, trauma, hemoabdomen, choking, and breathing problems. Please click on the links below to learn more about some conditions.

If possible, please call our office or ask your veterinarian to contact us before you arrive so we can be prepared to meet you at our entrance doors. Our hospitals are staffed 24/7 and you can call anytime. If time allows, we will explain our examination fees before you arrive. The costs of any additional testing and treatments are not known at the time, so it is not always possible to estimate all costs. Once we examine your pet, your doctor or technician will provide you with an accurate assessment of your pet’s treatment options, plans and costs.


Injured animals must always be approached with extreme caution. Even though the animal may normally be very docile and friendly, when they are hurt, they are most likely scared and nervous and will bite or scratch.

Approach the animal slowly and cautiously, and speak in a quiet and calm voice.
Before taking any action, STOP and do a quick assessment of the animal:
Be sure you are not putting yourself into a dangerous situation – check the area for other animals, cars, etc.
Listen to the animal to see if he or she is breathing or making any unusual sounds. You may want to put your hand near the animal’s mouth to see if he or she is breathing.
ALWAYS apply a muzzle and use caution as even the nicest animal can bite if it is in pain. Once a muzzle has been applied, evaluate the animal for injuries
Have your pet evaluated by VSH as soon as possible. Attempt to keep it calm and warm as you transport it. Use a flat board, cardboard box, or large blanket as a stretcher if the animal is unable to stand or walk.


Acetaminophen Toxicity (Tylenol)
Anticoagulant Rodenticides
Bufo Toad Poisoning
Chocolate Toxicity
Heat Stroke
Lily Plant Toxicity
Marijuana Toxicity
Paintball Toxicity
Parvovirus Infection
Rodenticide (Vit D Analog) Toxicity
Snail Bait Toxicity
Strychnine Toxicity

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