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.


UrgentVet Pet Clinic in Belmont
600 Park Street, Suite Unit A
Belmont, NC 28012

**Urgent Care Only/Limited Services**

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

UrgentVet Pet Clinic in Gastonia
2425 E Franklin Blvd
Gastonia, NC 28054

**Urgent Care Only/Limited Services**

Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri:  3pm-11pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-8pm
All Holidays:  12pm-8pm

Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte
2225 Township Rd,
Charlotte NC 28211

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


Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Huntersville
12117 Statesville Rd
Huntersville, NC 28078

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


Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Matthews
4099 Campus Ridge Rd.
Matthews, NC 28104

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


Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency (CARE)
3726 Latrobe Drive
Charlotte, NC 28211

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

DENVER, NC/Lincoln County area: 

Denver Animal Emergency
1420 North Highway 16 Business
Denver, NC 28037

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

HICKORY, NC area:  

Carolina Animal Specialty & Emergency (CASE)
1050 US Highway 321 NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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



Upstate Vet Emergency + Specialty Services
393 Woods Lake Road
Greenville, SC 29607

Upstate Vet, Greenville offers urgent, emergency, and critical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.