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
- Body temperature
- Heart rate
- Fluid intake