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Emergency Veterinary Care

At Pet Doctor, we typically refer urgent care to local emergency facilities who are equipped to support the needs of Tucson cats and dogs.

What do I do in a veterinary emergency?

Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (SAVS)

7474 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710 US

OPEN 24 HOURS

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Call: (520) 888-3177


Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson (VSCOT)

4909 N La Cañada Dr, Tucson, AZ 85704 US

OPEN 24 HOURS

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Call: (520) 795-9955


Emergency Veterinary Services

If your pet is experiencing any symptoms or behaviors that you are concerned about, contact our office right away, or the after-hours emergency pet hospital location above. 

The reliable and compassionate team at Pet Doctor offers veterinary care for pets in most emergency situations. Animals are our passion, we take pride in providing quality medical care when your pet needs it most.

Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency

If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.

  • Call Ahead If Possible - During regular business hours call us right away. After hours, call the emergency animal hospital listed above to let them know you are on the way.
  • Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let an emergency pet hospital know that you are on your way, they may provide your with instructions for applying first aid or making your pet comfortable while on the way. Make sure you follow these instructions carefully.
  • Remain Calm - Keep calm and be extra careful around your pet while they are experiencing a veterinary emergency. When an an animal is in pain or distress, they may react negatively by biting or scratching towards those trying to help them.
  • Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to our Tucson veterinary clinic or the after-hours emergency vet location above.

Emergency FAQs

Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Pet Doctor. 

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    Pet Doctor provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours.

    If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit the after-hours emergency vet location shown above. 

  • When is your clinic open?

    Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:

     

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:

    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Unconsciousness
    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Our animal hospitals in Tucson are just like a human doctor's office—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait. 

    We can't predict what cases we will see or when they will arrive. If at all possible call us ahead of time to find out whether or not we will be able to provide your cat or dog with emergency care.

    If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend that you visit the 24/7 animal emergency hospital detailed above. 

  • What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?

    Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. At Pet Doctor we provide overnight care for animals in need.

    While in our care, our dedicated team will treat your pet as if they were our own.

  • What types of animals do you treat?

    Our emergency veterinarians are mostly experienced with cats and dogs.

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