Emergency Pet Care

Our hospital recognizes how frightening emergency situations can be, which is why we make stabilizing your pet our top priority.

While we are not an emergency clinic, in the event of an emergency during our standard hours, you may 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 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.

Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory
126 US Hwy 321 SW
Hickory, NC 28602

(828) 328-6697

Open 24/7

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
  • Choking
  • 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
  • Seizures
  • 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.