Pet emergencies can be scary…always be prepared about what to do if your pet has a veterinary emergency.

When should you seek emergency care for your pet?

  • Bleeding – Bleeding from any part of the body, including blood in the urine or stool.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea – Several repeated episodes in a short period, or intermittently over a period of days or weeks.
  • Convulsions or fainting – Violent shaking of the head or body, uncontrolled spasms, or loss of consciousness.
  • Lethargy – Decreased energy and playfulness, decreased exercise tolerance.
  • Pain – Limping, tense, crying when touched.
  • Eye problems – Redness, squinting, rubbing eyes, discharge, a foreign object in the eye.
  • Weight loss – Gradual unexplained weight loss over weeks or months, or dramatic recent weight loss.
  • Changes in appetite – Decreased or increased appetite, refusing food or water.
  • Changes In urination – Urinating large amounts, urinating frequently, straining to urinate, or urinating small amounts.
  • Breathing problems – Shortness of breath, extending head and neck to breathe, wheezing.
  • Abnormal color of gums – Gums should be pink. Gums that are dark red, white, pale, or blue need medical attention.

 

What do I do in a pet emergency?
  • Stay Calm!
  • Call the Veterinary Emergency Clinic directly and let them know you are coming. 
  • Know directions on how to get there safely.
  • Be prepared with helpful information about your pet:
    • Species/Breed/Weight/Age
    • Details of entering the complaint
    • Details of any changes in pet’s lifestyle, how long it has been going on
    • List of medications your pet is currently taking
    • If your pet consumed poison/household chemical or human medication – bring the container of the product with you to the hospital.
  • Be cautious! Pets may be scared and can bite when ill or injured!

Below is a list of local Veterinary Emergency Clinics in our area.

Links are provided so that you can contact them immediately and have access to driving directions.

BELMONT/GASTONIA, NC area:  

UrgentVet Pet Clinic in Belmont
1-704-825-8868
600 Park Street, Suite Unit A
Belmont, NC 28012
https://urgentvet.com/

**Urgent Care Only/Limited Services**

Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri:  3pm-11pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-8pm

CHARLOTTE, NC area:

Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte
1-704-588-7015
2225 Township Rd,
Charlotte NC 28211
www.charlotte.carolinavet.com

**24-hour Facility – Full-Service Emergency Hospital**

 

Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Huntersville
1-704-318-2544
12117 Statesville Rd
Huntersville, NC 28078
www.huntersville.carolinavet.com

**24-hour Facility – Full-Service Emergency Hospital**

 

Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Matthews
1-704-610-7553
4099 Campus Ridge Rd.
Matthews, NC 28104
https://www.matthews.carolinavet.com

**24-hour Facility – Full-Service Emergency Hospital**

 

Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency (CARE)
1-704-457-2300
3726 Latrobe Drive
Charlotte, NC 28211
www.carecharlotte.com

**24-hour Facility – Full-Service Emergency Hospital**

DENVER, NC/Lincoln County area: 

Denver Animal Emergency
1-980-222-7115
1420 North Highway 16 Business
Denver, NC 28037
https://denveranimalemergency.com

**24-hour Facility – Full-Service Emergency Hospital**

HICKORY, NC area:  

Carolina Animal Specialty & Emergency (CASE)
1-828-328-6697
1050 US Highway 321 NW
Hickory, NC 28601
https://ncvetspecialists.com/emergency-care

**24-hour Facility – Full-Service Emergency Hospital**

 

SPARTANBURG, SC area:

Care Animal Regional Emergency Clinic of Spartanburg
1-864-345-8198
121 S Blackstock Road
Spartanburg, SC 29301
https://careanimalclinicsc.com

**Limited hours – see below**

Operating hours:
Friday: 6 PM to 12 AM
Saturday & Sunday: 8AM to 12 AM
Monday: 6 PM to 12 AM