Our emergency department offers immediate triage and treatment for urgent situations. We’re here for you when you need us, including all overnight, weekend and holiday emergencies.
Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis, although more critical patients may take precedence.
When you or your primary care veterinarian decide that your pet needs advanced care, you can depend on our specialists. We all know that busy, curious pets can sniff out trouble—and sometimes illnesses just happen. Our certified veterinarians have obtained intensive training in addressing life-threatening conditions, and have the latest technology at their fingertips.
The specialists at VVC are your advocates in looking at all possible diagnoses and your treatment options. They also help you make your best decisions for your pet by coordinating consultations and information from your primary care veterinarian, emergency doctor and other specialists. Communication is one of our most effective tools.
- Blood Transfusions/Blood Component Therapy Telemetry Monitoring
- Thoracocentesis/Pericardiocentesis/Abdominocentesis Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
- Short Term Mechanical Ventilation
Sometimes, it may be difficult to determine whether your pet is experiencing an emergency or is just having an off day. The following symptoms are important indicators that your pet needs medical attention. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your primary veterinarian immediately. If your primary veterinarian is unavailable, your pet can receive emergency care at Virginia Veterinary Centers.
Signs and Symptoms of a pet emergency:
• Any difficulties breathing: short or shallow breath, increased effort, gagging, choking
• Weakness, inability to walk, sudden collapse
• First-time seizure, seizures lasting more than three minutes, or multiple seizures
• Non-productive retching/vomiting, swollen or distended abdomen
• Allergic reactions including swelling, rashes, or itching
• Excessive or persistent bleeding
• Inability to urinate, straining to urinate
• Diabetic animals refusing food
• Pregnant animals in labor for more than one hour without delivering, those that have gone more than 3-4 hours between delivering
• Bumping into things, disorientation
• Signs of pain such as whining, shaking, hiding, or dull behavior
• Vomiting blood, passing blood in stools/urine
• Changes in behavior, appetite, elimination habits
When the ER is busy, your pet will be assessed and then seen on the basis of need. If other pets are being seen before yours, this is good news—it means your pet is not as sick as one of our other patients.
Having a concerned Mom or Dad nearby can actually make pets more difficult or even dangerous to handle. Even though you’re trying to stay calm for them, they can often sense your distress. A confident, experienced, animal-loving veterinary technician can usually perform any treatments more quickly—and with less stress for everyone—if you wait in the front. This is especially true if needles or medical procedures make you uneasy.
Our triage process begins the moment you and your pet walk through our front door. Our client service representatives will listen closely as you describe any symptoms or ailments, then relay that information to our staff in the treatment area. A veterinary technician will be called to quickly assess your pet’s condition. If your pet is unstable, he or she may be immediately brought back to our emergency treatment room with your permission, where live-saving treatments may be administered while you complete your pet’s history and check-in.
If your pet is stable, our front desk will take your information, then you and your pet will be seen in an exam room. A trained emergency technician will begin by taking a complete history and acquiring vital signs, such as weight, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature.
Critical Care Referrals Accepted:
1301 Central Park Boulevard Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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