Emergency Veterinary Services

If your pet is in need of emergency veterinary care

please call us immediately at (910) 864-2844

We are here to help treat your animals in the event of an emergency situation when your veterinary office is not available.

Whether due to an injury or trauma, a sudden illness, or worsening of existing symptoms, you don’t need to spend an anxious night waiting to be seen. We are equipped with the experienced and caring staff, diagnostic and treatment medical equipment, and veterinary pharmacy needed to provide critical care.

If possible, please call before coming to our office so we can be prepared for you and your pet.

What is an Emergency?

Sometimes it is hard to tell what is an emergency. Here is a list of common emergencies we see. Please call with questions anytime.

  • Difficulty Breathing – Noisy breathing, blue tongue, gasping for breath.
  • Bleeding That Does Not Stop – Apply pressure with a clean cloth and bring your pet to a veterinarian immediately.
  • Bloated or Distended Abdomen – Swollen or painful abdomen with or without vomiting.
  • Inability to Urinate or Move Bowels – Pet strains or experiences bloody or painful discharge.
  • Heatstroke – Heavy Panting, extreme weakness, body temperature above 104 degrees.
  • Inability to Deliver Kittens or Puppies – More than 2 hours between deliveries or more than 15 minutes of active straining with no baby.
  • Loss of Balance or Consciousness – Tremors, coma, staggering, convulsions, tilting of the head, sudden blindness and/or fainting.
  • Seizure – If there have been more than 3 seizures in 24 hours or if any seizure lasts more than 5 minutes.
  • Major Trauma, Injury or Shock – Any animal that has been hit by a car, has penetrating wounds, possible broken bones, collapses, has shallow breathing, or dilated pupils.
  • Poisoning – Remember to bring the container if possible.
  • Lameness – Inability to bear weight on any limb. Even though this may not be an emergency, we can often give medication for pain or splint fractures to prevent the injury from worsening.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea – With blood, continuous, and/or violent episodes.
  • Allergic Reactions – Hives and/or swollen eyes.



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