What is an Emergency?
In many cases, our pets are masters of concealing illness and pain. While some situations, such as getting hit by a car or attacked by another animal (especially a wild animal) are obvious emergencies, others can be a little more subtle. These include:
- Has not eaten or had water for 24 hours or more
- Has not urinated or defecated in 24 hours or more
- Straining to urinate/defecate
- Lethargic, not very responsive
- Abdomen looks bloated and feels firm to the touch
- Eye is kept closed or looks red and irritated
- Continuous coughing
- Sleeping all day
- Sitting with their head pressed against the wall
After-Hours Referral Emergency Vet
When our hospital is closed, we recommend contacting Carolina Veterinary Critical Care (which works out of an existing daytime veterinary practice, Coastal Veterinary Clinic). CVCC has an emergency vet available 24/7, so you can reach out to them at any time.