What To Do In An Emergency
Both you and your pet may find your visit easier if you understand what you can expect at our emergency clinic. Here are the steps you should follow:
Call Ahead If You Can
We understand that in an emergency, you may be unable to call us in advance, but it's always best if you can. If able, you can fill out the registration form in advance.
We treat both cases from clients and cases referred by primary veterinarians.
Get To Our Office Right Away
When you arrive, our front desk person will start the triage process. Describe your pet's symptoms to them. They will also note your pet's appearance.
If your pet is stable, your information will be taken at the front desk and then you will be given an approximate wait time, and asked to take a seat in our lobby. A veterinary technician will triage your pet, then a veterinarian will perform a full exam. If your pet is unstable immediate medical attention will be given.
Once your pet has been assessed, they may receive treatment from our veterinarians in emergency care or our critical care specialists. We will keep your primary care veterinarian updated with your pet's medical history to ensure seamless, integrated care that meets your pet's needs.
Animal Emergency Vet FAQs
Emergency veterinary care involves the treatment of animals in situations that require immediate medical attention or could potentially be life-threatening.
- What is considered an emergency?
These circumstances are considered veterinary emergencies and will need immediate, urgent care. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms or has had an accident, bring them to our emergency vet clinic in Englewood right away.
- Obvious signs of extreme anxiety or pain
- Bleeding that hasn't stopped, or severe bleeding
- Choking, difficulty breathing or continuous coughing/gagging
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Pain associated with passing feces or urinating, or inability to pass feces or urinate
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
- Staggering and/or seizures
- Severe lameness, fractured bones or inability to move legs
- You know or suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, marijuana etc.)
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; more than two episodes in 24-hours
- Heatstroke or heat stress
- What emergency services do you offer?
At our emergency veterinary clinic in Englewood, we offer state-of-the-art emergency care for your four-legged family members. We are equipped to provide specialized diagnostics, a complete range of surgical services, and hospitalization.
- Do I need to call ahead?
If you can, it's always best to call us ahead of your arrival, but we understand emergency situations can develop very quickly and that this is not always possible.
If your situation does not allow time for you to call, please do not hesitate to bring your pet to our clinic for immediate veterinary medical attention.
It always is best to call us ahead if you can, but we understand that in emergency situations that's not always possible.
- When is your emergency clinic open?
We are open 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
A veterinary emergency hospital is very similar to a human emergency department — the pace can be unpredictable and you may have to wait.
We are not able to predict which cases we will see and when they will arrive, but we will prioritize cases based on medical need.
You'll find a comfortable area for waiting, and we will do our best to keep you updated about wait times and the status of your pet.
- Will you keep in touch with our primary care veterinarian?
Yes, we will keep your primary care veterinarian updated with your pet's medical history and files to ensure your pet receives seamless, integrated care.
Why Trust Us
We understand that when it comes to the care of your pet, you want a place you can trust and rely on to provide them with the care they need. Here are just a few reasons why VRCC is that place.
We have critical care specialists who are here to help.
Critical care specialists play an important role in restoring your pet's health, providing essential and intensive care and management.
We are here for your pet after hours.
We know that emergencies can occur at any time. We're open on evenings, weekends and major holidays so your pet can get care outside of regular business hours.
We use state-of-the-art diagnostics.
We use diagnostic technology to examine your pet internally and aid in the detection of a number of conditions so we can make a plan to treat them.
We work closely with your primary care veterinarian.
We work as a team with your primary care veterinarian to ensure your pet has care whenever they need it. We are open evenings, weekends, and major holidays.
Our Emergency Vets & Critical Care Specialists
Our veterinarians in emergency are here to provide dedicated care 24 hours, 7 days a week and work closely with our highly skilled critical care specialists to provide compassionate treatment you can count on.
Meet Our Emergency Vets
Meet Our Critical Care Specialists