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What Constitutes an Emergency?

Deciding if your pet needs urgent care is not always easy. However, there are certain signs that always constitute a pet emergency. Bring your pet to us or one of our 24/7 referral hospitals if your pet exhibits any of the following signs:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • A traumatic injury
  • Ingestion of a toxic substance
  • Lethargy or depression
  • Difficulty walking
  • Disorientation
  • Unconsciousness
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Blood in vomit, stool, or urine

If you’re ever unsure about whether or not your pet needs urgent care, please contact us at 919-847-6216. Our experienced staff will be able to ask you a few questions to determine if your pet is having an emergency.

Pet Emergency Services During Our Clinic Hours

When your pet needs urgent care, bring them to our animal hospital as soon as possible. During our regular hours, we will work to fit you into our schedule so your pet can be seen as quickly as possible. Our team and facility have all of the experience and equipment to handle any pet emergency. If possible, call ahead to let us know you are coming, so we can better prepare for your arrival.


After-Hours Emergency Care

Pet emergencies don’t stick to a regular schedule. If your pet needs urgent care after our regular hours of care, please contact one of our after-hours referral emergency clinics. They are open 24/7 to handle any emergency, any time of day.

Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, North Raleigh


4640 Paragon Park Road

Raleigh, NC 27616

Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Durham


7015 NC Highway 751

Durham, NC 27707

Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Cary


6405-100 Tryon Road

Cary, NC 27518


Bowman Animal Hospital & Cat Clinic

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