Our Emergency and Critical Care team is lead by a Board Certified Emergency and Critical Care Specialist. Emergency Services are open and fully staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Please do not hesitate to call us (206-204-3366) or come in if your pet is ill or injured. No appointment is necessary for your pet to be seen in our Emergency Service. Calling ahead to the hospital, when possible, to let us know you are on your way is appreciated. Patients are seen on a first come, first served basis in our Emergency Room. However, patients in life-threatening situations will always take precedence when deemed medically necessary. Please see the Emergency and Critical Care tab on the homepage for more information about our Emergency and Critical Care Service.
Some conditions that may require a visit to the ER include:
- Traumatic event such as hit by car
- Difficulty breathing
- Convulsions or seizures
- Exposure to a toxin or medication that was not prescribed (ASPCA toxic plant list)
- Difficulty urinating
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Bloated or distended abdomen
- Persistent or severe vomiting or diarrhea
- Suddenly unable to use a limb or unsteady on feet
- Difficulty giving birth
*The ASPCA toxic plant list contains names and photos of plants that have been reported as having negative effects on animals. We are providing the ASPCA link to assist you in identifying poisonous plants that your pet may have been exposed to. Please understand that this service is not intended as a method of providing a definitive diagnosis for your pet. The ASPCA site also includes a 24-hour emergency poison hotline telephone number. Be aware that the ASPCA does charge a phone consultation fee, however, the information you gain from the consultation is valuable and may be used in the treatment of your pet. The Animal Poison Control Center may refer you to your local animal emergency hospital to seek treatment for your pet. If you think your pet may have been exposed to or ingested toxic materials, please call AMCS at 206-204-3366.