Emergency Veterinary Care When Your Pet Cannot Wait

Sometimes an emergency health crisis will occur. Your pet may be injured in an accident or an acute health problem will present itself. Please call us at (704) 544-6313 to let us know you're coming, and bring your pet in right away if any of these emergency situations occur:

  • Your cat or dog has suffered some kind of trauma, such as being hit by a car, blunt object, or having fallen more than a few feet.
  • Your pet isn't breathing or you cannot detect a heartbeat. (See Pet CPR.)
  • Your dog or cat is unconscious or isn't waking up.
  • You think your pet has a broken bone.
  • Your cat or dog is having trouble breathing or something is stuck in the throat.
  • Your pet has had or is having a seizure.
  • Your pet shows symptoms of heatstroke, such as panting, staring, anxious expression, refusal to obey commands, warm and dry skin, high fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, or collapse.
  • There is bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth, or you see blood in your pet's urine or feces.
  • Your dog or cat is in extreme pain—whining, shaking, and refusing to socialize.
  • You think your pet has eaten something toxic, such as rat poison, chocolate, xylitol, antifreeze, medication that wasn't prescribed for him or her, or household cleansers.
  • Your pet has been vomiting or has had diarrhea for more than 24 hours.
  • Your male cat is straining or cannot urinate.
  • Your pet starts to bump into things or becomes disoriented suddenly.
  • Irritation or injury to your pet's eyes is noticed, or he or she suddenly seems to be blind.
  • Your pet's abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch and he or she gags or tries to vomit.

If your emergency happens when we are not available, please contact the emergency veterinarian nearest you.

C-VETS Charlotte Veterinary Emergency & Trauma Services
Phone: (704) 844-6440
2440 Plantation Center Drive
Matthews, NC 28105

Carolina Veterinary Specialists (two nearby locations)
Emergency Phone: (704) 588-7015
2225 Township Road
Charlotte, NC 28273-3903

Emergency Phone: (704) 815-3939
4099 Campus Ridge Road
Matthews, NC 28104

Care For Critically Ill Pets

There may be times that your dog or cat is very sick and needs critical care. Rea Road Animal Hospital devotes special care and attention to pet patients who need it. Our treatment area is climate controlled, equipped with monitoring equipment and oxygen, and features close attention to your pet from our veterinary technicians. Every aspect of your pet's condition is continually checked while he or she is in the intensive care unit.

  • Blood pressure
  • Oxygen level
  • Carbon dioxide level
  • Respiration
  • Body temperature
  • Heart rate
  • Fluid intake
"We are so pleased and blessed to have Dr. Dozier and your clinic. Time and time again, you all and Dr. Dozier especially have been unfailingly kind, considerate and caring beyond most of any care we have experienced at vets. Having bred goldens for over 50 years we have experienced many vet clinics. Dr. Dozier tops them all. He is unhurried, makes one feel like you are his only client in all the world, takes his time, is thorough and careful and you feel you have his 100% undivided attention. No vet in the hundreds we have worked with has been so available, so kind, willing to take his time, as Dr. Dozier. HE IS THE BEST! Certainly the wonderful staff is a reflection, plus we comment all the time that Dr. Dozier seems to have very little turn over. You all must be happy and respected. Bless you all!" - Ann Chase
"We love Dr. Michael!! She has been so wonderful going down the path with us on our elderly yellow Lab, Bailey Baroo. She has worked with us to find the right blend of food, medicine and exercise to give us more years with him and we appreciate that when she hears hoof beats she thinks horses, not zebras! Everyone at RRAH is wonderful, but Dr. Michael is extra special!" -Lesli An Orio
"Rea Road has been our family vet since the day they opened. I would not trust my pets to anyone else." - Michelle Kingston
"Best vets ever in Charlotte! They have taken such amazing care of my kids and of me, their fretting mom. I wouldn't trust anyone else." - Pamela Shaw
"Rea Road has the most caring staff. Dr. Dozier is truly wonderful! We have taken our babies there for years and they truly love them as much as we do." - Mattie Collins-Walker
"Very simply, we love Rea Road Animal Hospital. Knowledgeable, kind and compassionate!" - Heather Theriault
"Rea Road Animal Hospital has been our vet since we moved to Charlotte 9 years ago. Our dog, Bandit, will be 18 years old in September and we attribute his longevity to the doctors and especially the staff at this establishment. We have recommended the facility to our friends and neighbors and they have used the hospital for vet services, boarding, grooming and a place to love their pets." - Stephen & Heidi Kramer