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Emergency Pet Care When You Need it Most

Emergencies with your pet can be quite frightening. When you visit our animal hospital during an emergency, we’ll help you and your pet stay calm while delivering our very best in veterinary care.

If you are experiencing a pet emergency during our normal business hours, please give us a call at (803) 286-8131 while en route so that we can be prepared with the necessary tools and staff to assist you upon your arrival. If your emergency is after our business hours, please contact Carolina Veterinary Specialists for additional support.

What is a Veterinary Emergency?

If your pet is displaying any of these signs, please consider it an emergency and get veterinary care right away:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Choking
  • Blunt-force trauma
  • Vehicle hit or crash
  • Ingestion of a foreign object
  • Bleeding that’s uncontrollable
  • Refusal or inability to move or stand
  • Unusually cool or warm body temperature
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Excessive vomiting or severe diarrhea
  • Blood in stool
  • Unable to pass stool or urine
  • Toxicity in any form (from eating chocolate to consuming poison).
    • Call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435 while on your way to us. Those few minutes are critical!