We're Here For You in an Emergency

We hope it never happens, but if you do have an emergency with your pet, we are prepared to handle medical emergencies from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.


Please call one of the following local emergency clinics if you have an emergency after our regular business hours:

Animal Medical Center: (206) 204-3366
Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services: (206) 364-1660
Veterinary Specialty Center: (425) 697-6106

How Do I Know if I Have a Pet Emergency?

Call us immediately if your pet seems critically ill, has a traumatic injury, such as being hit by a car, or you know your pet has ingested a poison.

  • Poisoning—If your pet has eaten or come in contact with poison, or even if you aren't sure, call us first. Then bring your pet and the container of the poison with you. If you don't have the container, write down the commercial or chemical name. Most common poisonings include chocolate; rat poison; over-the counter medications, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen; prescription medications; slug and snail bait or insecticides; antifreeze or products such as chewing gum that contain xylitol. 
  • Trauma or injury—If your pet has been hit by a car, gotten into a fight with another animal, had a major fall (down the stairs or off a deck are two examples), or has wound on the body, especially the head, chest, or abdomen.
  • Eye—Any injury to the eye, sudden and rapid changes to the eye, or blow to the head should be considered an emergency
  • Broken bones or lameness—Not bearing weight on a limb, swollen limbs, or pain upon touching areas along the head, spine, or tail
  • Pain—Continuous or acute pain
  • Paralysis—Inability to move either front or back legs
  • Difficulty breathing—Gasping, shallow breathing, or panting that is not normal for your pet
  • Bleeding—Any bleeding that will not stop. Do NOT apply a tourniquet, just apply pressure with a clean cloth until you arrive at our hospital
  • Vomiting and diarrhea—Continuous or violent episodes of either or if either contains blood
  • Shock—May seem disoriented or weak, change of pupils (dilated or pinpoint), collapse, shallow breathing, or rapid heartbeat
  • Inability to urinate or defecate—Continuous straining with little or no result. Blood in stool or urine or pain during either
  • Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizures—Tremors of varying degrees, staggering, convulsions, sudden blindness, fainting, head tilt, or sudden change of disposition such as unusual fear or aggression
  • Heatstroke—Exposure to high temperatures whether in a car, backyard, or other hot location. Demonstrated by heavy panting, extreme weakness, and a body temperature above 104 degrees
  • Bloated or distended abdomen—With or without vomiting
  • Inability to deliver kittens or puppies—Contractions lasting for more than two hours, more than 15 minutes of labor with fetus or membranes partially protruding