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24-Hour Emergency Care for Your Pet

When presented with an emergency or urgent medical situation, having access to prompt, compassionate veterinary care is essential. We provide 24-hour emergency care services to pets in need whether they’ve been referred to our hospital or are in need of immediate help.

If you’re unsure if your pet’s condition is an emergency, call our emergency line at (919) 605-6300.

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Common Pet Emergencies

Not all life-threatening circumstances are easy to identify. If your pet has any of the following conditions, you should take them to see a veterinarian right away.


Bleeding from any part of the body; excessive blood in the urine or stool.


Many repeated episodes in a short period, or intermittently over a period of days or weeks.


Violent shaking of the head or body with uncontrolled spasms; loss of consciousness.


Lack of normal tolerance for exercise; reduced energy or playfulness.


Limping or favoring a leg; crying or showing signs of pain when touched.

Appetite Changes

Refusing food or water; eating more or less than usual.

Breathing Problems

Shortness of breath, extending head and neck to breathe; wheezing.

Weight Loss

Dramatic unexplained loss in body weight, or gradual weight loss over weeks or months.

Eye Problems

Redness, discharge, squinting, cloudiness of the eye; a foreign object in the eye, or difficulty seeing.

Urination Changes

Urinating larger amounts, urinating frequently, urinating only small drops, or difficulty urinating at all.

Abnormal Gum Color

Gums that appear to be dark red, white, pale, or blue in color