Emergency Services

Emergency Animal CareWhen Care Can't Wait

As your veterinarian, part of our commitment to you and your pet is to make sure you have access to the best emergency care possible, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During our regular business hours, Swift Creek Animal Hospital's medical team and resources are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. If possible, please call (804) 744-7222 in advance so we can prepare for your arrival.

Should your pet experience an emergency outside our regular hospital hours we advise consulting Veterinary Emergency Center South, conveniently located just across the parking lot from our hospital:

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center South
2460 Colony Crossing Place
Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 744-9800

Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute abdominal swelling
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Seizures
  • Sudden onset of weakness
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)