Emergency Services

EMERGENCY NUMBER - 425-392-8888

VCA Alpine Animal Hospital provides high-quality emergency care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our veterinarians and technicians are dedicated to the highest standards of emergency medicine and use the latest technology for diagnostics, surgery and life saving care. VCA Alpine Animal Hospital's emergency services function as an extension of your family veterinarian. Our staff is committed to keeping you and your doctor informed and involved in the care of your hospitalized pet. Clients should take their pets to their family veterinarian for non-emergency care, as well as follow-up care after an emergency visit.

Our Emergency Services
  • Advanced Diagnostics
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Emergency Examinations
  • Emergency Surgery
  • In-House Laboratory
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Traumatic Wound Care
  • Ultrasonography
  • Endoscopy
Our Critical Care Services
  • Doctors, Veterinary Technicians and Assistants on duty 24 hours a day
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Arterial Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Cardiovascular Monitoring
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Nebulization Therapy
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Pain Control
  • Pulse Oximetry
Emergency Care Policies & Procedures

In emergency situations, pets with more severe injuries and life threatening illnesses will be treated first. During busy times, pets with less severe problems
may have to wait until others have been treated. Separate fees will be charged for diagnostics, treatments and medications. Our veterinarian will provide
you with a written estimate of expected cost after your pet’s examination.

A deposit is required for all hospitalized patients.

Fees for services must be paid in full when your pet is discharged. For your convenience, payment may be made with all major credit cards, cash, check (with proper identification), and CareCredit. Discharge, transfer to your family veterinarian, continued hospital care, or referrals for your pet will be determined on a case-by-case basis in cooperation with your family veterinarian. Your family veterinarian will provide follow-up care after emergency treatment at VCA Alpine Animal Hospital.

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 104°F. 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 104°F or anything else that concerns you.
What To Do In An Emergency
  1. Remain Calm… You are doing the best for your pet by taking steps to help.
  2. Call Your Family Veterinarian First… If they are unavailable, call us!
  3. Tell Us The Nature Of The Problem… We will give you instructions on how to handle your pet while enroute and give you directions to the hospital.
  4. Be Careful… When injured and scared, even a loving pet may bite. If in doubt, gently place a towel or blanket over the head making sure to provide good air circulation for breathing. This will help settle the animal. 
Driving Directions:

We are conveniently located across the street from Costco! The light at 10th  Ave NW turns directly into our parking lot.

Take exit 15 on I-90 (turn right if westbound, left if eastbound). This becomes NW Sammamish Rd. We’re on the left side of the street at the intersection of 10th Ave NW.
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