VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

What Is An Emergency

OUR EMERGENCY NUMBER - 703-823-3601

What Is An Emergency?

If an animal is seriously ill or injured, it needs critical care immediately. Bring your pet in to see us if any of the following occur:

  • Difficulty Breathing - Noisy breathing, blue tongue or gums, abnormal panting, gasping for air, or very shallow breathing.
  • Unstoppable Bleeding - Before transporting, apply pressure with a clean cloth. Do not use a tourniquet.
  • Inability to Urinate or Defecate - Continuously straining with little or no result. Blood in stool or urine, painful urination or defecation.
  • Heatstroke - Signs include: heavy panting, extreme weakness, a body temperature above 104F. Wrap your pet in cool, wet towels prior to transporting.
  • Bloated or Distended Abdomen - With or without vomiting.
  • Inability To Deliver Kittens or Puppies - Continuous contractions for more than 4 hours, or more than 2 hours between babies or more than 15 minutes of labor with fetus or membranes protruding.
  • Loss of balance, Unconsciousness, or Seizure - Tremors, staggering, convulsions, sudden blindness, fainting, tilting of the head, or sudden changes in behavior, such as unusual withdrawal or aggression.
  • Pain - Especially continuous pain. Signs of pain in animals include whimpering, restlessness, crying, reluctance to move or change position, dilated pupils and a fast heart rate.
  • Major Trauma or Injury - If your pet has fallen, been hit by a car, or has suffered wounds anywhere on the body, but especially to the eye, chest or abdomen, or has broken bones.
  • Shock - If your pet shows signs of weakness, collapse, shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, or weak pulses.
  • Poisoning - If you believe your pet has been exposed to a poison, call first, then bring the container with you if you have it, or the commercial name or chemical name with a list of ingredients. Common poisoning: insecticides, snail bait, antifreeze, rat poison, over-the-counter drugs (Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.), prescription medications, snake bites and some plants.
  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea - Excessive, continuous, or contains blood.
  • Lameness - Continuous, not bearing weight on limb, or swollen limb.
  • Eyes - Eye injuries, sudden blindness, cloudiness or abnormal discharge.
  • Allergic Reactions - Swollen face, hives, red skin, difficulty breathing, severe itching or a rash.
  • Diabetics -  Shaking, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, excessive vomiting, seizures.
  • General - Severe lethargy, anorexia, fever greater than 104F or anything else that concerns you.
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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

OUR EMERGENCY NUMBER - 703-823-3601

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can count on our critical care team to be here when you need them the most.

Your pet's health deserves the finest care. Each member of our team strives for the advancement of veterinary medicine. When you bring your pet to us, you can be certain you will receive the dedication and compassion that makes our hospital stand out in patient care. 

Please call us at 703-823-3601 immediately if you believe your pet is experiencing an emergency.

Find out what might constitute an Emergencyor read more about our Services.

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