Emergency vs Urgent Pet Care in Charlotte, NC

Urgent pet care typically lands somewhere between a regular exam and an emergency. Urgent situations are situations where you suspect your pet has a medical issue and want the vet to look into it as soon as possible. Emergencies can leave potentially lasting debilitating effects or be life-threatening to your pet.

Please note: Partners Animal Hospital NoDa accepts pet emergencies during regular business hours only. Call us immediately at (704) 275-2109 so our team can quickly assist you. If your pet is having an emergency outside of our business hours, please contact one of our referral emergency hospitals listed below right away.

If you think your pet needs urgent care (see examples below), please call us at (704) 275-2109 or book an appointment!

When Would My Pet Need Urgent Care?

Generally, most medical situations that fall under urgent care involve a pet still having normal habits regarding their appetite, elimination, and overall behavior.

Below are some examples of when your pet might need urgent care:

  • Having an allergic reaction (hives, facial swelling)
  • Ear infection
  • Congestion (coughing, runny nose)
  • Eye redness, swelling, and/or discharge
  • Rashes/itchy skin
  • Signs of a flea, tick, or intestinal worm infestation
  • Diarrhea/vomiting with change in behavior
  • Straining to urinate
  • Blood in urine
  • Limping, difficulty walking
  • Cuts, abrasions, bite wounds, open wounds
  • Change in appetite
  • Foreign body ingestion (pet swallowed a bone, toy, etc.)
  • Change in behavior

Is My Pet Having an Emergency?

Contact Partners Animal Hospital NoDa or one of our ER referral hospitals immediately if any of the following situations apply to your pet:

Below are some examples of when your pet might need urgent care:

  • Signs of severe pain (vocalizing, moving slowly, hunched posture)
  • Broken bone(s)
  • Continuous bleeding from wound
  • Bite wounds, burns, lacerations, puncture wounds
  • Snake bite
  • Blunt force trauma (fall, hit by a car)
  • Heat exhaustion/heat stroke
  • Heavy, continuous panting and difficulty breathing
  • Open mouth breathing (cats)
  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, or rectum
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unable to pass urine or stool
  • Ingestion of toxin or overdose of medication
  • Collapse/loss of consciousness
  • Disorientation, severe lethargy
  • Seizure
  • Hard, distended abdomen
  • Continuous vomiting/diarrhea inside 24-hour window
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